Disciplines: Political Science, Sociology
Theory of social and political organization.
The major problems facing individuals are ones which they share in common with others. The solutions, correspondingly, are most effective when pursued in common or collectively.
The provision of welfare and the cultivation of the economy, in particular, are best conducted through collective rather than individual action. The highest and most general form of collective action is the state, and collectivism is frequently a synonym for the advocacy of governmental solutions to social problems.
A V Dicey, Law and Public Opinion in England during the Nineteenth Century, 2nd edn (London, 1914, reprinted London 1962)