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Corporatism (and Neo-corporatism)

Living reference work entry


Corporatism – without the prefix “neo” – as a political ideology is originally related to Catholic political thinking as a way to moderate the negative consequences of capitalism by creating political positions for representatives from society’s different economic interests. During the 1920s–1940s, it became associated with Fascist thinking and practice. The “neo” prefix is meant to distinguish present-day corporatism from its prior relation to Fascism. Neo-corporatism comes with several definitions. Part of the literature emphasizes neo-corporatism as a way of organizing market economies in which representatives for business and trade unions are integrated with the state and coordinate economic issues such as inflation, unemployment, labor market regulation, and vocational training. Another strand of the literature is more occupied with the way organized interests are integrated into the political and administrative decision-making process in order to create policies that...


Corporatism Neo-corporatism Interest groups Interest group system Interest mediation Variety of capitalism Liberal market economies Coordinated market economies Variety of democracy Consensual policy-making 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Political ScienceAarhus UniversityAarhusDenmark

Section editors and affiliations

  • Anne Binderkrantz Skorkjær
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  1. 1.Department of Political ScienceAarhus UniversityAarhusDenmark