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Participation and Democratic Theory (1970)

by Carole Pateman

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An argument for democratization in economic enterprises. The book is basically first a literature review of selected democratic theorists who have broached the topic of workplace democracy and then an assessment of the "empirical evidence". I found the former part passable but the latter part completely pointless. The fact that a few economic enterprises have at some point been run democratically does not imply that all workplaces should be democratized. The author argues that participation in the workplace would promote participation in politics. Maybe so, but it did not become clear to me how that would justify a complete upheaval of industrial decision making and ownership. It's amazing how the author completely avoids the question of knowledge. Just because a decision is democratic doesn't necessarily mean it's sensible or well-informed. Limited workplace democracy might be an idea worth thinking about, but I was very disappointed with the author's superficial grasp of its benefits and her inability to see its disadvantages.
  thcson | Jan 30, 2013 |
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Shows that current elitist theories are based on an inadequate understanding of the early writings of democratic theory and that much sociological evidence has been ignored.

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