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Tocqueville pessimistically predicted that liberty and equality would be incompatible ideas. Robert Dahl, author of the classic A Preface to Democratic Theory, explores this alleged conflict, particularly in modern American society where differences in ownership and control of corporate enterprises create inequalities in resources among Americans that in turn generate inequality among them as citizens.

Arguing that Americans have misconceived the relation between democracy, private property, and the economic order, the author contends that we can achieve a society of real democracy and political equality without sacrificing liberty by extending democratic principles into the economic order. Although enterprise control by workers violates many conventional political and ideological assumptions of corporate capitalism as well as of state socialism. Dahl presents an empirically informed and philosophically acute defense of "workplace democracy." He argues, in the light of experiences here and abroad, that an economic system of worker-owned and worker-controlled enterprises could provide a much better foundation for democracy, political equality, and liberty than does our present system of corporate capitalism.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction

1. Is Equality Inimical to Liberty?

2. Democracy, Political Equality, and Economic Liberty

3. Democracy and the Economic Order

4. The Right to Democracy Within Firms

5. Ownership, Leadership, and Transition

Epilogue

Bibliography

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780520058774
Author:
Dahl, Robert Alan
Publisher:
University of California Press
Author:
Dahl, Robert Alan
Author:
Dahl, Robert H.
Subject:
General
Subject:
Industries
Subject:
Industries - General
Subject:
Political
Subject:
Politics - General
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Quantum Books
Series Volume:
28
Publication Date:
19860831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
8 x 5 x 0.5 in 7 oz

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