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The Organization of Production and its Publics: Mental Proximity, Market and Hierarchies

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  • Silvia Sacchetti
  • Roger Sugden

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The paper introduces mental proximity as an ideal-type criterion for assessing the organization of production, and positions it as a benchmark alongside markets and hierarchies in a three-dimensional space. Following a Deweyan approach, the criterion is focused on democratic deliberation espoused by necessary values: the rejection of controlling influences, positive freedom, inclusion on equal terms, informed participation, the desire to reach a consensus, sympathy, mutual respect, reciprocity, and continuous learning. We also identify a community network as a complex of people who seek to relate to each other in accord with mental proximity, and discuss influences on their search.

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Article provided by Taylor & Francis Journals in its journal Review of Social Economy.

Volume (Year): 67 (2009)
Issue (Month): 3 ()
Pages: 289-311

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Handle: RePEc:taf:rsocec:v:67:y:2009:i:3:p:289-311

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Keywords: proximity; markets; hierarchies; public interests; democratic deliberation;

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  1. Sacchetti, Silvia & Tortia, Ermanno, 2012. "The internal and external governance of cooperatives: the effective membership and consistency of value," AICCON Working Papers 111-2012, Associazione Italiana per la Cultura della Cooperazione e del Non Profit.
  2. Silvia Sacchetti & Ermanno C. Tortia, 2010. "A NEW FRAMEWORK FOR THE ECONOMIC ANALYSIS OF COOPERATIVE FIRMS: Self-defined rules, common resources, motivations, and incentives," Econometica Working Papers wp21, Econometica.

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