Title

Worker Appropriation as Responsibility and Right

Document Type

Article

Date of Original Version

9-1-2011

Abstract

Discussion of worker rights often focuses on the right to associate freely and bargain collectively. Such rights may not be achievable in globalized labor markets when workers do not appropriate the value they add. Relationships in which workers either participate in the management of the enterprise or directly appropriate their own surplus are more common than is generally understood. Recent work in economic philosophy provides an inalienable right for workers to collectively appropriate the fruits of their labor. Given the general failure of existing corporate governance systems, the case for worker appropriation as both responsibility and right is both practical and strong. © 2011 Springer Science+Business Media, LLC.

Publication Title

Employee Responsibilities and Rights Journal

Volume

23

Issue

3

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