The Sunday Independent on 30 August 2015

The idea of “corporatism” is the idea that you can use consultation and consensus building to reorder core and established interests in society to achieve particular social outcomes.

Sweden and other Western European countries are best examples of practising “corporatism”. In these countries, state, business and labour entered into creative institutional arrangements – especially in the 1960s to 1970s – to achieve better social outcomes.

Such arrangements are not permanent but subject to periodical reviews. That is the essence of progressive “corporatism”.

In the case of South Africa, we do not have such arrangements. In the instance that they exist, they are in the form of Nedlac and are fledgling and skewed in favour of the capitalist mode of production.

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