Debt Politics After Independence

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Table of Contents

1 Frames of Reference 1
Debt Concepts and Terminology 3
Internal Debt Management after Independence 11
The Spanish Debt-Disentailment Precedent: The Consolidacion de Vales Reales 18
2 Basis for the Debt-Disentailment Link in Bolivia: Rise and Fall of Church Credit in the Rural Sector 32
Consolidacion de Vales Reales in Upper Peru (Bolivia) 32
Rural Intensification and the Rise of Haciendas 34
Church Wealth and Censos Penetration of the Rural Sector 40
Liberation and Disentailment: Confiscation of Church Wealth by the Sucre Government 46
Opposition Politics and the Funding Question 63
3 Debt Policy Conflict: Madero's Funded Debt versus Sucre's Floating Debt 66
Funding Law and the Loan Float 66
Derivative Conflict: The Mining Bank Debate 81
Marketing the Treasury Vales: The June 12 Decrees 85
Hacienda Sales for Debt Paper 89
Censos Redemptions and State Welfare Dislocation 93
Loan Pressure on the Public Credit Administration 98
4 National Significance of the Funding Failure 103
Fenix Indictment of State Debt Policy under Sucre 103
Assessment of the Infante-Madero Difference on State Debt Policy 108
State Debt and the Growth of the Rural Land Market in the Nineteenth Century 111
5 Normative and Historiographic Dimensions of Internal State Debt 130
The Nineteenth-Century Normative Debate on Internal Debt 130
Latin American Fiscal Historiography 133
Notes 145
Bibliography 159
Index 165
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