This work focuses on Toniolo's idea of democracy. In this respect, even if Toniolo's practical approach does not lead to decontextualised generalisations, some fundamental ideas can be learned from his work. Toniolo proposed a substantive view of democracy as a cooperation for the common good, for the benefit of the less wealthy social strata. Moreover, democracy is interpreted as a bottom-up ordering process, from the social domain to political institutions. The paper argues that in Toniolo true democracy is the result of political participation, social emancipation and economic justice. Such conditions can be achieved through cooperation, respect of hierarchical relationships and enhancement of work conditions in line with the central position of man in the economy.
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