Standing Conference of Cities & Municipalities – National Association of Local Authorities in Serbia
THE COMPLEXITY OF CORPORATISM AND DIFFICULTIES FOR ITS UNDERSTANDING AND DEFINING
Corporatism is a complex political phenomenon, long-lasting, highly diverse, and with many shapes and facets. This complexity causes various difficulties in its understanding and defining, as well as various approaches to it. This article compares six distinguished definitions of corporatism, each characterising a different perspective: societal-organisational, institutional, procedural, institutional-procedural, economic, and doctrinal. It then points to four difficulties for understanding and defining corporatism: different meaning of the term, wide spectrum of what is understood by it, stigmatisation of the very term, and finally its erroneous usage. The article concluded by proposing a minimal definition of corporatism, which could encompass the analysed differences and overcome the analysed difficulties, while distinguishing it sufficiently from other political phenomena.