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Economic DemocracyThe Politics of Feasible Socialism$
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Robin Archer

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780198295389

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198295383.001.0001

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Freedom and Authority

Freedom and Authority

(p.12) 1 Freedom and Authority
Economic Democracy

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Appeals to widely held values of individual freedom and equality in order to derive some basic principles of democracy. It also shows that these values constitute the moral basis of socialism. The chapter defends an autonomy‐based conception of liberty and shows that all those, and only those, who are subject to the authority of an association should exercise direct decision‐making control over it. Other affected individuals should exercise indirect control, such as that which consumers exercise through the market.

Keywords:   association, authority, autonomy, control, decision‐making, democracy, equality, individual freedom, liberty, socialism

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