- The Oxford Handbook of Participation in Organizations
- List of Figures
- List of Tables
- About the Contributors
- Conceptualizing Employee Participation in Organizations
- An HRM Perspective on Employee Participation
- An Industrial Relations Perspective on Employee Participation
- A Legal Perspective on Employee Participation
- Labour Process and Marxist Perspectives on Employee Participation
- An Economic Perspective on Employee Participation
- Direct Employee Participation
- Collective Bargaining as a Form of Employee Participation: : Observations on the United States and Europe
- Employer Strategies Towards Non‐Union Collective Voice
- Worker Directors and Worker Ownership/Cooperatives
- Employee Participation Through Non‐Union Forms of Employee Representation
- Works Councils:: The European Model of Industrial Democracy?
- Employee Share Ownership
- Financial Participation
- Labour Union Responses to Participation in Employing Organizations
- Voice in the Wilderness? The Shift From Union to Non‐Union Voice in Britain
- High Involvement Management and Performance
- Employee Voice and Mutual Gains
- Participation Across Organizational Boundaries
- Public Policy and Employee Participation
- Corporate Governance and Employee Participation
- Cross‐National Variation in Representation Rights and Governance at Work
- Employee Participation in Developing and Emerging Countries
- International and Comparative Perspectives on Employee Participation
- Freedom, Democracy, and Capitalism:: Ethics and Employee Participation
Abstract and Keywords
Ever since the Enlightenment, if not before, the idea of individual freedom has provided a basic ethical reference point against which the legitimacy of social and political institutions has been judged. This article appeals to an idea that is often thought to be a necessary element of the concept of freedom and which has a strong intuitive appeal. The idea, that an individual can only be free to the extent that his or her choices govern his or her actions, underpins one of the principle arguments for democracy. The article sets out the basic features of this argument. It then seeks to show that it applies not just to political institutions, but also to many other kinds of associations and, in particular, to economic enterprises. The article proposes to show that the same basic ethical commitments which lead to the promotion of political democracy should lead to the promotion of economic democracy.
Robin Archer, Lecturer in Political Sociology, The University of London.
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