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Firms, States, and Democracy: A Qualified Defense of the Parallel Case Argument

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dc.contributor.author González-Ricoy, Iñigo
dc.date.accessioned 2016-05-23T15:57:20Z
dc.date.available 2016-05-23T15:57:20Z
dc.date.issued 2014
dc.identifier http://www.raco.cat/index.php/LEAP/article/view/297544
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10230/26735
dc.description.abstract The paper discusses the structure, applications, and plausibility of the muchusedparallel-case argument for workplace democracy. The argument restson an analogy between firms and states according to which the justificationof democracy in the state implies its justification in the workplace. Thecontribution of the paper is threefold. First, the argument is illustrated byapplying it to two usual objections to workplace democracy, namely, thatemployees lack the expertise required to run a firm and that only capitalsuppliers should have a say over the governance of the firm. Second,the structure of the argument is unfolded. Third, two salient similaritiesbetween firms and states regarding their internal and external effects andthe standing of their members are addressed in order to asses the potentialand limits of the argument, as well as three relevant differences regardingthe voluntariness of their membership, the narrowness of their goals, andthe stiffness of the competition they face. After considering these similaritiesand differences, the paper contends that the the parallel-case argumentprovides a sound reason in favor of democracy in the workplace —a reason,however, that needs to be importantly qualified and that is only pro tanto.
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dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher Universitat Pompeu Fabra
dc.relation.haspart http://www.raco.cat/index.php/LEAP/article/view/297544/386531
dc.rights.uri The authors transfers a non exclusive rights of distribution, public communication and reproduction of his or her work for publication in Law, Ethics and Philosophy (LEAP) and inclusion in databases in which the journal is indexed.
dc.source.uri Law, Ethics and Philosophy; 2014: Núm. 2; p. 32-57
dc.source.uri Law, Ethics and Philosophy; 2014: Núm. 2; p. 32-57
dc.subject.other firms, states, parallel-case argument, workplace democracy
dc.title Firms, States, and Democracy: A Qualified Defense of the Parallel Case Argument
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
dc.date.modified 2015-09-25T11:55:17Z

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