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Economic DemocracyThe Politics of Feasible Socialism$
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Robin Archer

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780198295389

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198295383.001.0001

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The Corporatist Trade‐Off Strategy

The Corporatist Trade‐Off Strategy

(p.103) 6 The Corporatist Trade‐Off Strategy
Economic Democracy

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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

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