Workplace Democracy Implies Economic Democracy

Forthcoming in the Journal of Social Philosophy

27 Pages Posted: 29 Dec 2018

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Nicholas Vrousalis

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) - Erasmus Institute for Philosophy and Economics (EIPE); Leiden University - Institute of Political Science

Date Written: December 12, 2018

Abstract

This paper mounts a defense of economic democracy that piggybacks on arguments for workplace democracy. It is addressed to those republicans and egalitarians who are committed to workplace democracy. The paper argues that those workplace democrats should, first, be opposed to private property in the means of production, and, second, be committed to economic democracy, or socialism. I first identify the fundamental normative principles that ground the main contemporary arguments for workplace democracy: republican and political-egalitarian. I then argue that the full realization of these principles is undermined by the existence of private property in the means of production and that avowal of workplace democracy on the basis of these principles commits those who avow them to economic democracy.

Keywords: economic democracy, workplace democracy, cooperatives, joint ownership, market socialism

JEL Classification: P31, P14, P26

Suggested Citation

Vrousalis, Nicholas, Workplace Democracy Implies Economic Democracy (December 12, 2018). Forthcoming in the Journal of Social Philosophy. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3300211

Nicholas Vrousalis (Contact Author)

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) - Erasmus Institute for Philosophy and Economics (EIPE)

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Leiden University - Institute of Political Science ( email )

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