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After OccupyEconomic Democracy for the 21st Century$
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Tom Malleson

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199330102

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199330102.001.0001

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Should Workplaces be Democratized?

Should Workplaces be Democratized?

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(p.27) 2 Should Workplaces be Democratized?
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After Occupy
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Tom Malleson

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199330102.003.0002

The central argument of this chapter is that the current system of hierarchical work is deeply unjust because the majority of workers are compelled to join workplaces within which they are fundamentally unequal—in their functional role, essentially servants. It is very difficult for the average person to choose an alternative to hierarchical work in the form of a democratic workplace. The argument here is that no one should be compelled to be subservient at work and so everyone should have a meaningful choice of workplace democracy. For such a choice to be real, the state needs to foster and facilitate the expansion of worker cooperatives.

Keywords:   economic democracy, workplace democracy, worker cooperatives, workers’ cooperatives, hierarchy, justice, democratic workplace, equality, liberalism

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