The Workplace in Deliberative Democratic Theory: A Note on Kant, Mill, and Dewey
University of California at Riverside - Philosophy Department
April 17, 2009
Early democratic theorists such as Kant considered the effects of being a servant or, in modern terms, an employee to be so negative that such dependent people should be denied the vote. John Stuart Mill and John Dewey also noted the negative effects of the employment relation on the development of democratic habits and civic virtues but rather than deny the franchise to employees, they pushed for workplace democracy where workers would be a member of their company rather than an employee. In spite of the continuing prevalence of the employment relation and the lack of workplace democracy, this topic now seems to be something of a "third rail" in deliberative democratic theory.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 7
Keywords: deliberative democracy, Kant, Mill, Dewey, workplace democracy
JEL Classification: P00
Date posted: April 17, 2009