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Title: The republican case for workplace democracy
Author: González Ricoy, Íñigo
Keywords: Republicanisme
Issue Date: 2014
Publisher: Florida State University
Abstract: The republican case for workplace democracy (WD) is presented and defended from two alternative means of ensuring freedom from arbitrary interference in the firmnamely, (a) the right to freely exit the firm and (b) workplace regulation. This paper shows, respectively, that costless exit is neither possible nor desirable in either perfect or imperfect labor markets, and that managerial discretion is both desirable and inevitable due to the incompleteness of employment contracts and labor legislation. The paper then shows that WD is necessary, from a republican standpoint, if workers" interests are to be adequately tracked in the exercise of managerial authority. Three important objections are finally addressed (i) that WD is redundant, (ii) that it is unnecessary provided that litigation and unionism can produce similar outcomes, and (iii) that it falls short of ensuring republican freedom compared to self-employment.
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It is part of: Social Theory and Practice, 2014, vol. 40, num. 2, p. 232-254
ISSN: 0037-802X
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