Puzzled Democracy

  • Davide Cadeddu
Part of the The European Heritage in Economics and the Social Sciences book series (EHES, volume 15)


The ‘Olivettian concept of the “masses” and “individuals” […] is influenced by a pessimistic tradition in democracy which might be dated back to Burke’s critique of the French revolution and was very likely connected (though not explicitly) to the positivist and anti-parliamentarian movement in France and Italy, from Le Bon to Pareto, well known to the young Olivetti’: one might agree with this observation, but it is worth clarifying to what extent this influence is present in the Weltanschauung of the entrepreneur from Ivrea.



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Authors and Affiliations

  • Davide Cadeddu
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  1. 1.University of MilanMilanoItaly

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