Reconfiguring economic democracy: generating new forms of collective agency, individual economic freedom and public participation

Cumbers, A., McMaster, R., Cabaço, S. and White, M. ORCID: 0000-0001-7508-7882, 2019. Reconfiguring economic democracy: generating new forms of collective agency, individual economic freedom and public participation. Work, Employment and Society. ISSN 0950-0170 (Forthcoming)

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Abstract

We seek to advance debate and thinking about economic democracy. While recognising the importance of existing approaches focused upon collective bargaining and workplace organisation, we articulate a perspective that emphasises the importance of individual economic rights, capabilities and freedoms at a time when established norms and protections at work are in retreat in many parts of the world. We outline a framework where both individual rights to self-government of one’s own labour, as well as the right of all citizens to participate in economic decision-making are emphasised. The framework identifies a set of underlying principles, prerequisites, critical spheres for intervention, progressive institutional arrangements, and policies in pursuit of an expanded agenda around economic democracy. In this way, economic democracy potentially empowers individuals and creates the basis for generating new and sustainable alliances that challenge elite dominance in contemporary capitalism.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Work, Employment and Society
Creators: Cumbers, A., McMaster, R., Cabaço, S. and White, M.
Publisher: Sage
Date: 12 August 2019
ISSN: 0950-0170
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Divisions: Schools > School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment
Record created by: Jonathan Gallacher
Date Added: 16 Oct 2019 08:25
Last Modified: 16 Oct 2019 08:25
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/37970

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