Neo-corporatisme en het Belgisch sociaal-economisch overlegsysteem

  • Alex Vanderstraeten


The aim of this article is to demonstrate the discussion on neocorporatism with refering to the Belgian socio-economie concertation system.  The central thesis is to understand neo-corporatism as a functional specific concertation system alongside or in function of the traditional parliamentary-democratic decision-system. The fact that this neo-corporatist socio-economic concertation system is interwoven with the parliamentary system (and especially with the particracy or compromise democracy in Belgium) stands for its strength and strategie facilities to come to a socio-economic concensus between trade unions, business organizations and the state. Specially the fact that neo-corporatism is not always very structured, and works more or less in an informal way puts our attention to the traditional formal democratic way of decision-making and the informal concertation between workers, employers and the state. This difference between formal and informal, or legally institutionalized and semi-institutionalized concertation plays a major role in the functioning of the Belgian socio-economic concertation system.

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Vanderstraeten, A., (1986) “Neo-corporatisme en het Belgisch sociaal-economisch overlegsysteem”, Res Publica 28(4), 671-688. doi:

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Published on
30 Dec 1986
Peer Reviewed