From 1789 to the 1850s, most supporters of corporatism have been reactionaries. A variety of reactionary corporatists favoured corporatism so as to end liberal capitalism and restore the feudal system. In the Middle Ages, the Catholic Church sponsored the creation of various institutions together with brotherhoods, monasteries, religious orders and military associations, especially through the Crusades. To understand relations between business associations and governments in East Asia, especially China, it is needed to come back to grips with the concept and practices of corporatism. This paper uses a comparative perspective to illuminate developments in the area’s capitalist nations and to cast new light on China.
Individualism is changed by solidarity and professional associations work to beat class warfare. Such an association may be tough to fathom in socio-economic order that constantly encourages people to “get forward” on the expense of others, but so be it. Christ’s Church, and the Catholic … Read More