Pols241 week 10 lec 2 nov.12
Can conclude that in Europe democracy is a matter of groups
o Importance of groups is inherited from the medieval era.
There was an organic view of the world in Europe (this organic vision of itself
was transferred to its present democracy)
o Cultural context has influenced the preset
o There is recognition of the rights of groups. (right to form union…)
These rights are enshrined in law in Europe.
o Social market capitalism
The idea that the free market should be seen as a pillar of society ( as a safety
net for people)
o Union bargaining
Thus, private business needs to play a positive role in society.
France has the most interventionist state in Europe
o Prominent French companies were picked by government to be champions. The theory
was that if these countries become powerful they would pull up the whole French economy to
In Europe society is politicized
o Thus, theirs is a view that the government is responsible for society and everything that
Democracy, post WWII version of corporatism
Government invites trade unions; associations to sit down and talk until they
find a solution that works for everyone.
Therefore, set conditions for all of society
o Not democratic, because you exclude a vast majority of the
On the other hand, it is argued that it was the key to creating social peace and
the goals of rebuilding the economy after WWII
By consequence, it resulted in the creation of modern democracy.
o Welfare state not geared to helping individuals, but groups.
In Europe certain constitutional arrangement favor certain groups