The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics

2018 Edition
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The word solidarity expresses the relations of mutual dependence existing between the individual members of one and the same whole. Thus, in biology we speak of the solidarity between the organs of the same body, − between the functions of the brain, for instance, and those of the heart. Thus also in jurisprudence there is said to be solidarity between persons responsible for the same debt. Solidarity may exist not only in the order of co-existence, but in the order of succession; thus, in history there is solidarity between the present and the past generation.

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