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. It operationalizes the concepts of social and political corporatism, diffusion and critical junctures and their particular application to the study of Fascist-Era dictatorships. The book’s carefully constructed balance between theory and case studies offers an important contribution to the study of dictatorships and corporatism.

Through the development of specific indicators in ‘critical junctures’ of regime change and institutionalization, as well as qualitative data based on different sources such as party manifestos, constitutions and constitutional reforms, expert commissions and the legislation that introduces corporatism, this book traces transnational sources of inspiration in different national contexts.

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.

part I|100 pages

Comparative perspectives

chapter 2|18 pages

Corporatism and political Catholicism

The impact of Catholic corporatism in inter-war Europe
Edited ByJohn Pollard

chapter 4|23 pages

The rise and fall of corporatist constitutionalism

A sociological thesis

part II|198 pages

European experiences

chapter 5|21 pages

Rethinking Italian corporatism

Crossing borders between corporatist projects in the late liberal era and the Fascist corporatist state
Edited ByLaura Cerasi

chapter 7|30 pages

‘Corporatist state’ and enhanced authoritarian dictatorship

The Austria of Dollfuss and Schuschnigg (1933–38)
Edited ByGerhard Botz

chapter 8|24 pages

The Corporatist Chamber of the ‘New State’ in Portugal

Organized interests and public policy

chapter 10|20 pages

Vichy France and corporatism

Edited ByOlivier Dard

chapter 12|15 pages

Corporatism and authoritarianism in the Baltics

Päts’ Estonia in comparison

chapter 13|20 pages

‘Ideas in flux . . .’

The ‘4th of August’ dictatorship in Greece as a political ‘departure’ in search of ‘destination’

chapter |7 pages


The ‘corporatist moment’ in inter-war Europe