For Work / Against Work
Debates on the centrality of work

"Michael Walzer, Industrial Democracy, and Complex Equality"

by Mayer, Robert (2001)


T. most pervasive injustice identified by Michael Walzer in Spheres of Justice concerns the distribution of power at work. If complex equality is the standard ofdistributive justice, Walzer argues, then employees are entitled to select their managers–but this is obviously not the experience of the vast majority in our economy today. While the extent of voice accorded to labor does vary significantly in different types of organizations, most businesses (excluding the self-employed) are authoritarian in some degree. Managementis not chosen by labor …

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doi: 10.1177/0090591701029002004 ()


Industrial Democracy, Workplace Democracy, Democracy, Equality, Power, Egalitarianism, Waltzer, Socialism, Ethics


Industrial Democracy

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