Puzzled Democracy

  • Davide Cadeddu
Part of the The European Heritage in Economics and the Social Sciences book series (EHES, volume 15)


The ‘Olivettian concept of the “masses” and “individuals” […] is influenced by a pessimistic tradition in democracy which might be dated back to Burke’s critique of the French revolution and was very likely connected (though not explicitly) to the positivist and anti-parliamentarian movement in France and Italy, from Le Bon to Pareto, well known to the young Olivetti’: one might agree with this observation, but it is worth clarifying to what extent this influence is present in the Weltanschauung of the entrepreneur from Ivrea.


Political Elite French Revolution Political Thought Political Class Parliamentary Democracy 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Davide Cadeddu
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  1. 1.University of MilanMilanoItaly

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