The Corporatist Trade‐Off Strategy

Robin Archer

in Economic Democracy

Published in print December 1998 | ISBN: 9780198295389
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598722 | DOI:
 The Corporatist Trade‐Off Strategy

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Argues that corporatism enables workers to accumulate incremental increases in control over firms through a series of trade‐offs. If the workers, the capitalists, and the government are rational collective actors, then a single trade‐off will be feasible so long as three conditions are met: the workers must be able to exchange a good that would threaten the profits of the capitalists; the trade‐off must be compatible with the requirements of national economic management, so that it does not undermine the government's ability to win elections; and the corporatist system itself must be compatible with the requirements of national economic management. To repeat these trade‐offs and compound their effect, a further three conditions must be met.

Keywords: capitalists; control; corporatism; elections; government; national economy; profits; rationality; trade‐off; workers

Chapter.  16583 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Political Theory

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