chapter  4
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IS THE DEMAND FOR WORKPLACE DEMOCRACY REDUNDANT IN A LIBERAL ECONOMY?

WithSamuel Bowles, Herbert Gintis

We will show why this reasoning is false in the case of the labour market, and consider reasons why, from the standpoint of democratic theory, everyone should have the opportunity to work in a firm democratically controlled by its workers. Our primary claim concerns democratic values: because the employment relationship involves an exercise of power, arguments conventionally deployed to justify the democratic state apply (with varying degrees of force) to firms as well.