Freedom, republicanism, and workplace democracy

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This article explores the republican case for worker voice in economic enterprises based on the ideal of freedom as non-domination, and assesses its merits relative to two influential arguments for workplace democratization grounded on freedom understood as autonomy and self-determination. Two claims are advanced. The first is that the republican case for worker voice avoids difficulties associated with these two arguments. The second, however, is that the ideal of non-domination is insufficient, that an adequate understanding and defence of workplace democracy will also have to make significant reference to freedom understood as autonomy.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)470-485
JournalCritical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy
Issue number4
Early online date27 Jun 2015
Publication statusPublished - 2015


  • workplace democracy; freedom; autonomy; non-domination; workplace republicanism


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