Corporatism as a process of working class containment and roll-back: The recent experiences of South Africa and South Korea

Bramble, Tom and Ollett, Neal (2007) Corporatism as a process of working class containment and roll-back: The recent experiences of South Africa and South Korea. Journal of Industrial Relations, 49 4: 569-589. doi:10.1177/0022185607080324

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Author Bramble, Tom
Ollett, Neal
Title Corporatism as a process of working class containment and roll-back: The recent experiences of South Africa and South Korea
Journal name Journal of Industrial Relations   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0022-1856
Publication date 2007-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/0022185607080324
Open Access Status File (Author Post-print)
Volume 49
Issue 4
Start page 569
End page 589
Total pages 21
Editor R. Lansbury
B. Ellem
Place of publication Sydney, Australia
Publisher Sage Publications
Collection year 2008
Language eng
Subject 349901 Political Economy
350203 Industrial Relations
1402 Applied Economics
1503 Business and Management
Abstract In this article we argue that recent debates in the corporatist literature about whether corporatism is best understood as a process of structured interest representation or political dialogue miss the point as to corporatism's central task - the shift of material resources and power away from the working class to the capitalist class, in which two processes are evident - containment and roll-back. We discuss these processes in the context of successive waves of corporatism in Western Europe from the 1940s to the 1990s before moving on to an analysis of the contrasting fortunes of corporatism in South Africa and South Korea during democratic transition. We conclude that the ability of corporatism to carry out the processes of containment and roll back in these two cases have been dependent on the existence (or absence) of supportive prior political relationships between organised labour and the state.
Keyword Corporatism
Labour movement
South Korea
South Africa
Trade unionism
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