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Firms as political entities : saving democracy through economic bicameralism

Author: Isabelle Ferreras; Miranda Richmond Mouillot
Publisher: Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2017.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Ferreras, Isabelle.
Firms as political entities.
Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2017
(OCoLC)991641264
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Isabelle Ferreras; Miranda Richmond Mouillot
ISBN: 1108246761 9781108246767
OCLC Number: 1013736213
Description: 1 online resource : illustrations
Contents: Introduction: what about the workers?; Part I. Critical History of Power in the Firm: The Slow Transition of Work from the Private to the Public Sphere: 1. Stage one: the workplace and its emergence from the household; 2. The nineteenth and twentieth centuries: workers' movements and the invention of collective bargaining; 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: instrumental rationality as the firm's sole logic; 6. Foundations for the political theory of the firm; Part III. Looking to the Future: From Political Bicameralism to Economic Bicameralism: 7. Bicameral movements: a pivotal institutional innovation for governments in democratic transition; 8. Analogy: the executive of the firm answering to a two-chamber parliament; Conclusions: a reader's guide for reflection and debate about economic bicameralism.
Responsibility: Isabelle Ferreras with Miranda Richmond Mouillot, translator and editor.

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Aimed at political sciences students and teachers, Ferreras presents the new idea of 'economic bicameralism' to redefine firms as political entities.  Read more...

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