Corporatism in Perspective: An Introductory Guide to Corporatist Theory
This book offers a systematic and basic introduction to corporatism in the context of liberal democracies. Corporatism has been heralded as one of ... Show synopsis This book offers a systematic and basic introduction to corporatism in the context of liberal democracies. Corporatism has been heralded as one of the most important concepts to have emerged recently in the social sciences. It has led to both theoretical or definitional work on the corporatist model, and to the application of the model to empirical studies. The literature on corporatism is extensive, diverse and complex, reflecting the wide-ranging importance of the model. In this introductory text, Peter Williamson draws together the central issues in corporatism and provides a critical guide to the theories and findings of work within the corporatist approach. Individual topics are linked to the wider concerns of representation, democracy, conflict and stability, and state and market in liberal democracies. Corporatist theory is explained and diversities of approach examined. It is contrasted with the pluralist model, and the methodological and theoretical issues of dispute between corporatists and pluralists are explored. Corporatism in Perspective is written for students in government and politics, political sociology, political economy, public policy and administration, and social policy and administration.