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The corporative third way in Social Catholicism (1830 to 1918)


  • Stefano Solari


Social Catholicism opposed individualistic conceptions of society in favour of an order of associative institutions fostering a communality of interests between those involved in production processes. As a consequence, guilds were idealised and their model transposed in different ways to the industrial society of the nineteenth century. This paper discusses the different streams of Social Catholicism and the theoretical roots of corporatism in natural law. It will discuss how the idea of a 'corporative order' is more grounded in German corporative law than in Neo-Thomism.

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  • Stefano Solari, 2010. "The corporative third way in Social Catholicism (1830 to 1918)," The European Journal of the History of Economic Thought, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 17(1), pages 87-113.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:eujhet:v:17:y:2010:i:1:p:87-113
    DOI: 10.1080/09672560903204551

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    1. Gilbert Faccarello & Philippe Steiner, 2008. "Religion and Political Economy in Early-Nineteenth-Century France," History of Political Economy, Duke University Press, vol. 40(5), pages 26-61, Supplemen.
    2. António Almodovar & Pedro Teixeira, 2008. "The Ascent and Decline of Catholic Economic Thought, 1830–1950s," History of Political Economy, Duke University Press, vol. 40(5), pages 62-87, Supplemen.
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