Collection on Iberian and Latin American corporatism is launched in Buenos Aires
Professor Marco Aurélio Vannucchi Leme de Mattos, from FGV’s School of Social Sciences (CPDOC), will be launching the collection “Corporativismos ibéricos e latino-americanos” (“Iberian and Latin American Corporatism”), on June 26-27, in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The work, organized by the “Gino Germani” Research Institute of the University of Buenos Aires, contributes to the resumption of a research agenda that focuses on corporatism to present a more global and varied approach to the subject, particularly with an emphasis on regions where its appropriation has proven to be particularly profitable and original: Latin America and the Iberian Europe.
According to the author, there is now a renewed interest in the subject of corporatism in various parts of the world. Vanucchi adds that one of the striking features of the new production on corporatism is the discussion on its relationship with authoritarian and democratic regimes.
“The dominant position among scholars today is the refusal of a necessary association between corporatism and authoritarianism. Among the arguments mobilized by scholars who share this position is the Scandinavian example, which has adopted corporate forms to implement welfare states,” he says.
Vanucchi explains that the phenomenon originates in the expansion of the participation of the subaltern social sectors in the politics and in the consolidation of industrial capitalism.
“Corporatism was presented by its proponents as a modality of representation of interests and of an alternative societal and state organization to both liberal democracy and socialism. By proposing to secure social stability by the reconciliation of classes, corporatism spread from Europe to the rest of the world in the first decades of last century. A prestigious subject for historiography and political science, corporatism has become the subject of renewed interest in the last decade, generating books, articles and academic events in Brazil and abroad,” he added.