Corporatism in theory and practice and contemporary British politics
This work is an examination of the thesis widely supported by many analysts that the British political system, or a significant part thereof, conforms to a system of corporatism. To examine the validity of the thesis it is argued that a new theoretical construct of corporatism is required because of the deficiencies in existing theories and approaches. Part 2 of the work is directed towards constructing a theoretical model of corporatism by drawing upon the central tenents of continental prescriptive corporatist theory. Part 3 is concerned with the application of the model developed to two of the most noted corporatist regimes in history, Fascist Italy and Portugal 1933-1974 while Part 4 involves applying the model to contemporary Britain. Part 5 is a summary and conclusion of the main findings of the work, and also includes a discussion of the main problems and possibilities for developing overarching theories of the British political system including those of neo-corporatism.