Working Paper No 58 From Corporatism To Liberalisation In Zimbabwe

It is also a business whose rogue ice-cream brand Ben & Jerry’s insists on repeatedly rallying against Western foreign policy whether it’s Israeli settlements in the West Bank, or Joe Biden’s decision to send additional troops to eastern Europe in an effort to dissuade Russia from invading Ukraine. Not only do some want the state to be more involved in the affairs of business, many also want business to be more involved in the affairs of the state. This applies across social and environmental issues under the guise of ‘stakeholder capitalism’, replacing traditional profit-driven ‘shareholder capitalism’. Businesses, it is claimed, should accept lower profits in order to contribute towards social and environmental goals. If the economy is going to flourish after the crisis, the state will need to allow the private sector to adapt to its new circumstances.

It must avoid continuing to crowd out private sector activity, propping up unproductive ‘zombie companies’, and encouraging subsidy entrepreneurs. Nevertheless, this crisis – combined with the public’s declining faith in both governments and corporations – could be hijacked in a form of Disaster to reshape society in an unconstructive manner. By bringing together a number of both established and new voices from across the field, this book will be of interest to students and scholars of fascism, dictatorship and modern European politics.

We investigate factors that have influenced the professionalization of accounting in five Latin American countries . Through comparative historical institutional analysis of corporatism in those countries, we explore the role of the organized labor movement and State-labor relations in the professionalization of accounting. Using a combination of primary sources and secondary sources, we identify the critical junctures, self-reinforcing sequences and reactive sequences involved in State regulation of accountants. We find that State policies pertaining to the incorporation and ongoing activity of organized labor movements were important influences on the evolution of the accounting profession. Generally, periods of corporatism that featured inducements for the labor movement were conducive to achieving market closure and the emergence and growth of professional accounting bodies. Developments in laws relating to organized labor bodies usually preceded the promulgation of regulations directed specifically at endorsing the formation and operation of professional accounting associations.

The state failure evident in response to Covid-19 undermines the case for a greater government role in the direction of the economy. It is bizarre that many are calling for more power and more responsibility for the very same bureaucracies that have shown catastrophic failures. The state must, to regain public trust, focus on effectively delivering traditional demands for essential public services and safety. This book is the first conceptual and comparative empirical work on the relation between corporatism and dictatorships, bringing both fields under a joint conceptual umbrella.

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