The Workplace in Deliberative Democratic Theory: A Note on Kant, Mill, and Dewey

7 Pages Posted: 17 Apr 2009  

David Ellerman

Phil. Dept. UC at Riverside

Date Written: April 17, 2009

Abstract

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.

Keywords: deliberative democracy, Kant, Mill, Dewey, workplace democracy

JEL Classification: P00

Suggested Citation

Ellerman, David, The Workplace in Deliberative Democratic Theory: A Note on Kant, Mill, and Dewey (April 17, 2009). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1389875 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1389875

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Phil. Dept. UC at Riverside ( email )

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