Capitalisms and the future of democracy

62-064  Capitalisms and the future of democracy

second cycle Master degree study programme Political Science

Course Supervisor: Assoc. Prof. Matjaž Nahtigal


  • The course lectures are emphasizing fundamental concepts, its development, and the very appearance of the new ones. That means always concrete concepts and within the connection to concrete authors and theirs own times and their historical circumstances. The course is openning the very posibilit for understanding western tradition, its peculiarites and - in that way -  also the posibilities for understanding another traditions. Emphasis of the sylabus is understanding the crisis and depression of the West.
  • The French historian Fernand Braudel has made an important distinction between the capitalism and market economyin his studies on the material progress of civilization between the 15th and 18th century. He has emphasized that the progress of material civilization could be described without using the term capitalism. Whereas the market economy presupposes the transparent competition and exchange among the equal partners, capitalism presupposes the relations of power and hierarchy.
  • In this course we will examine how to organize modern economies and societies in such a way to become again more inclusive, more balanced and more pluralistic. Is there one single set of universally valid institutions of market economy, representative democracy and free civil society, or is there a variety of innovative institional forms?
  • What kind of alternative institutional solutions are possible to envisage in order to deepen and broaden access to the people to enter the productive and creative activities on the basis of equality? What kind of instituitonal innovations are possible in the area of empowered constitutional democracy and the free civil society that would facilitate more initiatives and adoption of autonomous development strategies, based on sustainable development?
  • The base for analysis and studies of alternative institutional forms will the the literature on the 'varieties of capitalism', the literature on empowered constitutional democracy and on the possibilities of modern types of industrial democracy.

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