The Case for Economic Democracy

Andrew Cumbers shows why this is wrong, and why, in the context of the rising tide of populism and the perceived crisis of liberal democracy, economic democracy's time has come.

Author: Andrew Cumbers

Publisher: Polity

ISBN: 1509533850

Category: Political Science

Page: 140

View: 805


The idea that the people have a right to shape political decisions through democratic means is widely accepted. The same cannot be said of the decisions that impact on our everyday economic life in the workplace and beyond. Andrew Cumbers shows why this is wrong, and why, in the context of the rising tide of populism and the perceived crisis of liberal democracy, economic democracy's time has come. Four decades of market deregulation, financialisation, economic crisis and austerity has meant a loss of economic control and security for the majority of the world's population. The solution must involve allowing people to 'take back control' of their economic lives. Cumbers goes beyond older traditions of economic democracy to develop an ambitious new framework that includes a traditional concern with workplace rights and collective bargaining, but shifts the focus to include consideration of individual economic rights and processes of public engagement and deliberation beyond the workplace. This topical and original book will be essential reading for anyone interested in radical solutions for our economic and political crises.

The Impact of Economic Democracy

In consequence, the Department of Employment commissioned Michael Poole to
carry out the case study phase which included: (1) detailed interviews with key
management respondents; (2) interviews with fulltimetrade union officers and lay

Author: Michael Poole

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317829546

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 160

View: 742


First published in 1990, this work examines the link between the economic performance of companies and profit sharing. The relationship is a complex one: industrial relations may be improved by schemes, but good employers are likely to introduce profit sharing in any case; and though attitudes to work do change, schemes have more immediate impact on satisfaction an communications than on productivity and effort put into work.

Economic Democracy through Pro Poor Growth

... polities and economies and the transition to political democracy with economic
democracy. In the rich–poor contradiction, for instance, while official statistics
projected significant reductions in absolute and relative poverty, even in the
1970s, ...

Author: Ponna Wignaraja

Publisher: SAGE Publications India

ISBN: 9788132101277

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 376

View: 708


This volume addresses a central dilemma of our times from a perspective based on lessons from the ground—persistence of structural poverty after sixty years of independence amidst rapid economic growth, widening social anomie, political crisis and failing policy. . The collection presents an alternative school of thought which has been evolved by scholars and activists over decades, in which the poor are presented not as the problem but as an essential resource. Among this volume’s distinguishing ideas are: a new role for the poor, raising mass consciousness, a core methodology for transformation, restructuring the state, pro-poor partnerships for all social constituencies, insistence on holism and values, learning from the poor and new social movements, and eschewing a priori thinking. This perspective powerfully argues the validity and feasibility of sustainable and transformative societal change. . The compilation is rich in lucidly presented case studies and illustrative examples. The strategies advocated would catalyse the process of achieving political and economic democracy at the grassroots and facilitate sustainable development. They would also help in the democratization of the phase of transition and growth. This work is an excellent reference source for development economists and students, researchers and faculty studying governance, poverty and human rights, and issues of security and human rights.

Economic Justice and Democracy

In Economic Justice and Democracy, Robin Hahnel puts aside most economic theories from the left and the right (from central planning to unbridled corporate enterprise) as undemocratic, and instead outlines a plan for restructuring the ...

Author: Robin Hahnel

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781135953775

Category: Political Science

Page: 240

View: 141


In Economic Justice and Democracy, Robin Hahnel puts aside most economic theories from the left and the right (from central planning to unbridled corporate enterprise) as undemocratic, and instead outlines a plan for restructuring the relationship between markets and governments according to effects, rather than contributions. This idea is simple, provocative, and turns most arguments on their heads: those most affected by a decision get to make it. It's uncomplicated, unquestionably American in its freedom-reinforcement, and essentially what anti-globalization protestors are asking for. Companies would be more accountable to their consumers, polluters to nearby homeowners, would-be factory closers to factory town inhabitants. Sometimes what's good for General Motors is bad for America, which is why we have regulations in the first place. Though participatory economics, as Robert Heilbronner termed has been discussed more outside America than in it, Hahnel has followed discussions elsewhere and also presents many of the arguments for and against this system and ways to put it in place.

Socio economic Democracy and the World Government

In this neo-political structure, the FSCs would constitute the grassroots of socio-
economic democracy, and enlightened governance. Thus, FSCs would provide
their inhabitants progressive social, economic and governance systems. The
FSCs ...

Author: Dhanjoo N. Ghista

Publisher: World Scientific

ISBN: 9789812385093

Category: Political Science

Page: 287

View: 564


Due to its ability to freeze a moment in time, the photo is a uniquely powerful device for ordering and understanding the world. But when an image depicts complex, ambiguous, or controversial events--terrorist attacks, wars, political assassinations--its ability to influence perception can prove deeply unsettling. Are we really seeing the world "as it is" or is the image a fabrication or projection? How do a photo's content and form shape a viewer's impressions? What do such images contribute to historical memory? About to Die focuses on one emotionally charged category of news photograph--depictions of individuals who are facing imminent death--as a prism for addressing such vital questions. Tracking events as wide-ranging as the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake, the Holocaust, the Vietnam War, and 9/11, Barbie Zelizer demonstrates that modes of journalistic depiction and the power of the image are immense cultural forces that are still far from understood. Through a survey of a century of photojournalism, including close analysis of over sixty photos, About to Die provides a framework and vocabulary for understanding the news imagery that so profoundly shapes our view of the world.

Economic Democracy

would , in a manner quite similar to that with which we are familiar in the case of
the Bank rate , have been raised at suitable intervals to represent the excess of
destruction over production ; the necessity of increased effort would have been ...

Author: Clifford Hugh Douglas


ISBN: NYPL:33433007567815

Category: Credit

Page: 144

View: 407


Economic Democracy and Financial Participation

The assumption is that broader ownership of productive assets, in establishing a
type of financial or economic democracy, will create conditions in contemporary
capitalist economies which will tend to complement rather than contradict ...

Author: Daryl D'Art

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781134925445

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 384

View: 524


The ideas of economic democracy and financial participation are not new. The International Congress on profit-sharing first met in Paris in 1889. However since then, the numerous schemes have met with mixed reactions and various levels of success. In Economic Democracy and Financial Participation, Daryl D'Art has two objectives. Firstly, to examine if, and under what conditions, profit-sharing schemes and employee shareholding can motivate workers and generate cooperative striving. Secondly he identifies the schemes of financial participation which have the potential to realise economic democracy within the individual firm and wider society.

Respect and Economic Democracy

In this case the drawing up runs into two opposing dangers: first, models (
standards and guidelines) worked out in specific cultural and socio-economic
contexts will be automatically applied everywhere; second, the risk presented
above could ...

Author: Luk Bouckaert

Publisher: Maklu

ISBN: 9789044127096

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 192

View: 792


Economy Difference Empire

Economic. Democracy. This chapter is adapted from Gary Dorrien, “A Case for
Economic Democracy,” Tikkun (May/June 2009), 34–37, 75–76; Dorrien, “
Financial Collapse: Lessons from the Social Gospel,” Christian Century (
December 30, ...

Author: Gary Dorrien

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 9780231526296

Category: Philosophy

Page: 496

View: 809


Sourcing the major traditions of progressive Christian social ethics social gospel liberalism, Niebuhrian realism, and liberation theology Gary Dorrien argues for the social-ethical necessity of social justice politics. In carefully reasoned essays, he focuses on three subjects: the ethics and politics of economic justice, racial and gender justice, and antimilitarism, making a constructive case for economic democracy, along with a liberationist understanding of racial and gender justice and an anti-imperial form of liberal internationalism. In Dorrien's view, the three major discourse traditions of progressive Christian social ethics share a fundamental commitment to transform the structures of society in the direction of social justice. His reflections on these topics feature innovative analyses of major figures, such as Walter Rauschenbusch, Reinhold Niebuhr, James Burnham, Norman Thomas, and Michael Harrington, and an extensive engagement with contemporary intellectuals, such as Rosemary R. Ruether, Katie Cannon, Gregory Baum, and Cornel West. Dorrien also weaves his personal experiences into his narrative, especially his involvement in social justice movements. He includes a special chapter on the 2008 presidential campaign and the historic candidacy of Barack Obama.

Economy Democracy and the State

The question of why the state has turned, in recent times, to exercising ever
greater control over economic life and relations of the people is important.
However, it cannot be satisfactorily answered without looking closely at the
factors that have ...

Author: Ramashray Roy

Publisher: SAGE Publications India

ISBN: 9788132104131

Category: Political Science

Page: 264

View: 437


This book offers a comprehensive picture of how economic forces have emerged as being of central importance in India and the kind of economic growth that the Indian polity has been able to achieve within the framework of democratic politics. It proposes that the modern state is inextricably linked with two other factors of modern life: economic growth and democratic politics. Economy, Democracy and the State: The Indian Experience explores the patterns of economic growth (both industrial and agricultural) and its impact on Indian democratic politics. It offers an insight into how the changing patterns of economic growth in the country have determined government policies and questions the extent to which the hopes and aspirations of the common man have been satisfied. This exploration of the interrelation between democracy and economy yields a better understanding of the nature and working of the Indian democracy. This book will be a valuable resource for scholars and students of political philosophy and political economy.

Economic Democracy

Archersets out these conditions and argues that they have in fact been met in recent years. From reviews of the hardback: 'This is an important book, with many arguments and themes that will repay development.

Author: Robin Archer

Publisher: Clarendon Press

ISBN: 0198295383

Category: Political Science

Page: 280

View: 782


The central argument of this classic study is that by pursuing the goal of economic democracy, socialism can return to the heart of political life in the advanced capitalist countries. Aimed at socialists and nonsocialists alike, Robin Archer's compelling book clearly demonstrates that there is both a strong moral case for economic democracy and a feasible strategy for achieving it. The author defines economic democracy as a system in which firms operate in a market economy, but aregoverned by their workers. To show that that economic democracy is a morally desirable goal, he appeals to the value of individual freedom. To show that it is a feasible goal, he appeals to the advantages of a corporatist industrial relations system. A corporatist system enables workers to pursue economic democracy through a series of trade-offs in which they exchange wage rises or other goods for incremental increases in control. But rational governments and capitalists will only agreeto these trade-offs if certain conditions are met. Archer sets out these conditions and argues that they have in fact been met in recent years. From reviews of the hardback: 'This is an important book, with many arguments and themes that will repay development. It connects with much new work in political economy that is currently emerging from economists and political scientists. It provides a different account of market socialism from many other versions on offer. It gives priorityto the achievement of economic democracy within firms as the goal that will relaunch the socialist project, and it sees a highly organised labour movement as the means by which this project will be realised.' Andrew Gamble, Times Literary Supplement 'he has made the case for corporatism more compelling and more practical than any I have read for some time.' David Goldblatt, Political Studies 'an important new book' Will Hutton, The Guardian 'His sophisticated discussionof European socialism, especially its flirtation with corporatism, is exceptionally enlightening for students of contemporary political thought and possible practical action.' Choice 'Archer's feasibility strategy is an imaginative and tightly reasoned position.' Peter Bachrach American Political Science Review

Democracy and Efficiency in the Economic Enterprise

The essays in this book challenge that claim. The case for more democratic forms of enterprise management is considered from a variety of viewpoints. One chapter deals with the philosophical justification for enterprise democracy.

Author: Ugo Pagano

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781134800483

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 352

View: 858


The collapse of central planning was hailed as evidence of the economic and moral superiority of capitalism over any possible alternative. The essays in this book challenge that claim. The case for more democratic forms of enterprise management is considered from a variety of viewpoints. One chapter deals with the philosophical justification for enterprise democracy. The remaining chapters are devoted to the question of efficiency, which has been central to economic debates about ownership and control. The orthodox belief amongst economists is that any shift to more democratic forms of enterprise control would be unworkable. The essays in this book provide a thorough theoretical and empirical critique of this orthodoxy.

Race and Place

Focusing on the emerging energy efficiency sector and the green economy more generally within the context of the contemporary American city, I use two critical and emblematic cases-the Evergreen Cooperative Initiative in Cleveland and the ...

Author: Lily Kyung Bin Song


ISBN: OCLC:828679472


Page: 269

View: 469


Faced with the problem of growing economic inequality in America and the threat posed to democracy, a number of planning scholars have put forth the idea of building progressive civil society capacity in the economic sphere to broaden stakeholder control and accountability of capitalist markets. Yet actual empirical accounts of community and civic organizations spearheading the task of framing and carrying out prescriptive economic programs, complete with alternative modes of production and exchange, have sparsely materialized. Moreover, the dominant planning perspective on the topic of building civil society to strengthen economic democracy views race as a secondary issue that may have cultural and political significance but is essentially a divisive mechanism that stymies the more important economic programs of class-based movements. In contrast, the theoretical framework underlying this study incorporates W.E.B. DuBois' notion of double consciousness along with Mikhail Bakhtin's formulations on dialogic exchange to explore how centralizing the perspectives and experiences of "racial others" might enhance critical reflection and dialogic exchange in civil society- led economic planning projects as to fortify progressive coalitions and direct their policy visions towards the deepest problems hindering democratic society. Focusing on the emerging energy efficiency sector and the green economy more generally within the context of the contemporary American city, I use two critical and emblematic cases-the Evergreen Cooperative Initiative in Cleveland and the Los Angeles Green Retrofit and Workforce Program- to build theory at the intersection of race, place, and economic democracy. Each case study is grounded in historical analysis that explores to what extent, in what ways, and how race played a role in managing the tensions and contradictions between capitalism and democracy at the local level. In turn, the case studies investigate the process by which progressive coalitions incorporated the experiences and perspectives of low-income inner city communities of color into their respective green economic and workforce development programs. At the substantive and normative level, my findings indicate that creating inclusive, transparent, but also flexible spaces for critical reflection and dialogic exchange are essential to building strong coalitions and forging policy visions that get at some of the core problems arising from privatistic urban policy and local economic development and form the stuff of economic democracy. Whether the initiation of such processes and ensuing economic projects occurs in a manner that is "top down" or "bottom up" might be less important to their transformative potential than the depth of critical analysis, reflective thinking, and mutual engagement in policy design and planning discourse. Where economic democracy is a perpetual process of becoming, it entails actors balancing the use of external resources with principles of self-determination and the achievement of project deliverables with leadership development and movement building goals. At the descriptive level, the cases demonstrate the limits of neoclassical economic theory along with its premises of rational choice theory and methodological individualism in explaining observed modes of economic action and local economic development. I incorporate insights from recent multidisciplinary studies on cooperative human behavior along with pragmatist action theory in posing an alternative analytical framework for explaining economic action.

Property Owning Democracy

If this is the case, the choice between ED and “POD þ” is best made on grounds
of political plausibility; Schweickart thus closes the chapter by arguing the case
for why, despite initial appearances, economic democracy may actually be a
more ...

Author: Martin O'Neill

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781444355178

Category: Philosophy

Page: 304

View: 496


Property-Owning Democracy: Rawls and Beyond features a collection of original essays that represent the first extended treatment of political philosopher John Rawls' idea of a property-owning democracy. Offers new and essential insights into Rawls's idea of "property-owning democracy" Addresses the proposed political and economic institutions and policies which Rawls's theory would require Considers radical alternatives to existing forms of capitalism Provides a major contribution to debates among progressive policymakers and activists about the programmatic direction progressive politics should take in the near future

Soul in Society

By the time he wrote the book that elaborated this argument, Niebuhr was no
longer inclined to press the argument as a case for economic democracy. The
Children of Light and the Children of Darkness was written in 1944, several years
after ...

Author: Gary J. Dorrien

Publisher: Fortress Press

ISBN: 0800628918

Category: Religion

Page: 389

View: 344


Gary Dorrien's major work addresses the roots of and remedy to the current crisis in American Christian social ethics.Focusing on the story of American liberal Protestantism, the book examines in fascinating depth the three major movements in this century ? the Social Gospel, Christian Realism, and Liberation Theology ? in a way that also brings African American, feminist, environmentalist, Catholic, and other voices into the increasingly multicultural quest.Dorrien then carefully assesses the crisis of social Christian thought in a culture that is increasingly secular, materialistic, and dominated by capitalism. He shows how the progressive Christian vision of social and economic democracy can be redeemed in the face of its apparent defeat. He argues strongly for a social Christianity faithful to the spiritual reality and kingdom-oriented ethic of the way of Christ.Dorrien's engaging narrative, knowledgeable and fair analysis, and thoughtful proposal bring desperately needed clarity and commitment to the Christian social conscience.