Three Rawlsian Routes towards Economic Democracy

Download Edit this record How to cite View on PhilPapers
This paper addresses ways of arguing fors ome form of economic democracy from within a broadly Rawlsian framework. Firstly, one can argue that a right to participate in economic decision-making should be added to the Rawlsian list of basic liberties, protected by the first principle of justice. Secondly,I argue that a society which institutes forms of economic democracy will be more likely to preserve a stable and just basic structure over time, by virtue of the effects of economic democratization on the development of an active, democratic character among citizens. Thirdly, I argue that a proper understanding of the demands of the difference principle shows that justice demands more than ex post redistribution, but also requires the ex ante redistribution of power and authority in economic life. This connects to Rawls’s discussion of the badness of inequality, and to his endorsement of a “property-owning democracy”. My conclusion is that, even if we may doubt the success of this first Rawlsian argument,the second and third arguments are both successful, and together establish a strong Rawlsian case forseeing economic democratization as a requirement of justice.
PhilPapers/Archive ID
Revision history
Archival date: 2015-11-21
View upload history
References found in this work BETA

View all 10 references / Add more references

Citations of this work BETA
Business Ethics and (or as) Political Philosophy.Heath, Joseph; Moriarty, Jeffrey & Norman, Wayne
Workplace Democracy—The Recent Debate.Frega, Roberto; Herzog, Lisa & Neuhäuser, Christian

View all 18 citations / Add more citations

Added to PP index

Total views
607 ( #6,034 of 48,863 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
90 ( #6,178 of 48,863 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads since first upload
This graph includes both downloads from PhilArchive and clicks to external links.