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Firms as political entities: saving democracy through economic bicameralism

By: Ferreras, Isabelle.
Contributor(s): Mouillot, Richmond Miranda [Editor].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New, York Cambridge University Press 2017Description: xvi, 213 p. With index.ISBN: 9781108402521 .Subject(s): Industrial management -- Employee participation | Management -- Employee participation | Corporate governance | Corporate governance | Industrial management -- Employee participation | Management -- Employee participationDDC classification: 658.3152 Summary: When people go to work, they cease to be citizens. At their desks they are transformed into employees, subordinate to the hierarchy of the workplace. The degree of their sense of voicelessness may vary from employer to employer, but it is real and growing, inflamed by populist propaganda that ridicules democracy as weak and ineffective amid global capitalism. At the same time, corporations continue untouched and even unremarked as a major source of the problem. Relying on 'economic bicameralism' to consider firms as political entities, this book sheds new light on the institutions of industrial relations that have marked the twentieth century, and argues that it is time to recognize that firms are a peculiar institution that must be properly organized in order to unshackle workers' motivation and creativity, and begin nurturing democracy again. https://www.cambridge.org/core/books/firms-as-political-entities/BF7F769E2A12B93EAE919F059E077072#fndtn-information
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Table of Contents
Part I - Critical History of Power in the Firm
1 - Stage One
2 - The Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries
3 - The Twentieth Century and the Ambiguities of Institutional Innovations in the Capitalist Firm
4 - The Twenty-First-Century Service Economy Is Bringing Work Fully into the Public Sphere
Part II - What Is a Firm?
5 - Obsolete Vision
6 - Foundations for the Political Theory of the Firm
Part III - Looking to the Future
7 - Bicameral Moments
8 - Analogy

When people go to work, they cease to be citizens. At their desks they are transformed into employees, subordinate to the hierarchy of the workplace. The degree of their sense of voicelessness may vary from employer to employer, but it is real and growing, inflamed by populist propaganda that ridicules democracy as weak and ineffective amid global capitalism. At the same time, corporations continue untouched and even unremarked as a major source of the problem. Relying on 'economic bicameralism' to consider firms as political entities, this book sheds new light on the institutions of industrial relations that have marked the twentieth century, and argues that it is time to recognize that firms are a peculiar institution that must be properly organized in order to unshackle workers' motivation and creativity, and begin nurturing democracy again.

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