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A Few Advantages of Economic Democracy


  • Bruno Jossa


The aim of this article is to discuss some of the main advantages of an employeemanaged system: a labour productivity edge on capitalistic businesses, the suppression of external firm control, slower monopoly-building and softer competition, the eclipse of the paramount role of economics in social evolution and a reduced need for state intervention into the economy. The author’s analysis sheds light on whether, and in what sense, economic democracy is a public good proper or just a "merit good". From the classification of cooperative as merit goods it follows that any government, regardless of political-economic orientation, should make it its task to support the growth of the democratic firm system by enforcing tax or credit benefits in its favour.

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  • Bruno Jossa, 2010. "A Few Advantages of Economic Democracy," STUDI ECONOMICI, FrancoAngeli Editore, vol. 2010(101), pages 5-29.
  • Handle: RePEc:fan:steste:v:html10.3280/ste2010-101001

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    JEL classification:

    • B5 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - Current Heterodox Approaches
    • P2 - Economic Systems - - Socialist Systems and Transition Economies
    • P50 - Economic Systems - - Comparative Economic Systems - - - General
    • P13 - Economic Systems - - Capitalist Systems - - - Cooperative Enterprises


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