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Published on Wednesday, July 15, 2015 by João Fernandes

Summary

While democracy is usually taken for granted within the political sphere, it usually draws less attention in the economic realm and our societies tolerate highly undemocratic forms of economic organizations, which prompts many questions: How is it possible to question this asymmetry?  Does justice require democracy in the workplace? How can we make sense of democratic ideals within economic organizations? Is it possible to draw an analogy between states and business firms? Which institutional forms can workplace democracy take? What are the best theoretical frameworks to articulate the ideals of workplace democracy?  This international conference aims to bring together experts in political philosophy, business ethics, sociology, history, political science, economy and management around these issues.

Announcement

Argument 

The Department of ethics and philosophy at Lille Catholic University is organizing a two days international conference on Workplace democracy: Arguments, policies, practices, which will be held in Lille (France), January 28th and 29th, 2016. 

While democracy is usually taken for granted within the political sphere, it usually draws less attention in the economic realm and our societies tolerate highly undemocratic forms of economic organizations, which prompts many questions: How is it possible to question this asymmetry?  Does justice require democracy in the workplace? How can we make sense of democratic ideals within economic organizations? Is it possible to draw an analogy between states and business firms? Which institutional forms can workplace democracy take? What are the best theoretical frameworks to articulate the ideals of workplace democracy?  This international conference aims to bring together experts in political philosophy, business ethics, sociology, history, political science, economy and management around these issues. 

More specifically, this conference aims to move beyond “minimalist” understandings of workplace democracy usually described under the label of “participatory management” and to investigate more demanding conceptions of the democratization of workplaces. Submissions will therefore focus on workers control, workers cooperatives, labor-managed firms, redistribution of power within firms, formal rights of decision-making for workers, etc.   

Main themes

Papers will focus on the normative or empirical aspects of workplace democracy. We invite submissions on the following themes (broadly conceived):

  • Justifications of and problems with the democratization of workplaces
  • Workplace democracy as a political project
  • Which theoretical models of democracy?
  • Economic and political obstacles to workplace democracy
  • Workplace democracy and democratic citizenship: Can workplace democracy make better citizens ?
  • Justice and/or democracy in workplaces?
  • Division of labor, shared tasks and job rotations in democratic workplaces
  • Gender and race inequality and workplace democracy
  • Unions and workplace democracy: is there a conflict?
  • Is workplace democracy the left’ new big idea?
  • Emancipation, empowerment and cooperatives
  • Links between scholarly works and activism

Confirmed keynote speakers 

Jessica Gordon Nembhard, Ph.D. Professor of Community Justice and Social Economic Development, CUNY, Author of Collective Courage: A History of African American Cooperative Economic Thought and Practice

Mark Kaswan, Ph.D,Assistant Professor, Department of Government, University of Texas at Brownsville, J. Robert Beyster and Michael W. Huber Fellow with Rutgers University School of Management and Labor Relations, author of Happiness, Democracy, and the Cooperative Movement: The Radical Utilitarianism of William Thompson, University of New York Press, 2015). 

Practicalities

Date: January 28th and 29th 2016

Location: the campus of the Lille Catholic University (France).

Conference fee: 70 euros for faculties, 30 for non-faculties. The fee includes lunches and dinners (on Jan 28 and 29).

Organising and scientific committee

  • Pierre-Yves Néron (pierre-yves.neron@univ-catholille.fr) 
  • Camille Ternier (camille.ternier@univ-catholille.fr ) 

Submission guidelines

Deadline for submission of abstract (500 words max):

July 25th, 2015

Proposals should be sent to the organizers (emails above). Notice of acceptance will be send during the summer.

Places

  • Département d'Ethique et de Philosophie - 41 rue du Port
    Lille, France (59)

Date(s)

  • Saturday, July 25, 2015

Keywords

  • workplace democracy, démocratie d'entreprise, théories de la démocratie, coopératives de production, SCOP

Contact(s)

  • Camille Ternier
    courriel : camille [dot] ternier [at] univ-catholille [dot] fr
  • Pierre-Yves Néron
    courriel : py [dot] neron [at] gmail [dot] com

Information source

  • Camille Ternier
    courriel : camille [dot] ternier [at] univ-catholille [dot] fr

To cite this announcement

« Workplace democracy: arguments, policies, practices », Call for papers, Calenda, Published on Wednesday, July 15, 2015, https://calenda.org/335060

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