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

Cumbers, A. , McMaster, R. , Cabaço, S. and White, M. J. (2020) Reconfiguring economic democracy: generating new forms of collective agency, individual economic freedom and public participation. Work, Employment and Society, 34(4), pp. 678-695. (doi: 10.1177/0950017019875935)

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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:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:White, Michael and Cumbers, Professor Andrew and Cabaco, Dr Susana and McMaster, Professor Robert
Authors: Cumbers, A., McMaster, R., Cabaço, S., and White, M. J.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > Adam Smith Business School > Management
Journal Name:Work, Employment and Society
Publisher:SAGE Publications
ISSN (Online):1469-8722
Published Online:13 November 2019
Copyright Holders:Copyright © The Authors 2019
First Published:First published in Work, Employment and Society 34(4):678-695
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the publisher copyright policy

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
172048Transforming Public Policy through Economic DemocracyAndrew CumbersEconomic and Social Research Council (ESRC)ES/N006674/1BS - Management