Toward an economic democracy
in The end of populism
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In this chapter a proposal is made to introduce more democratic procedures in civil society, outside the realm of politics. The author gives the example of Germany, which introduced in 1976 a system of “co-determination,” which requires companies of over 2,000 employees to have a supervisory board of directors, half of which comprises representatives of the personnel. For stock corporations of between 500 and 2,000 workers this representation is one-third. The Scandinavian countries have copied this system, which is interesting, because it gives more power to employees and enhances their feelings of self-esteem and dignity. German research has revealed that workers in companies with co-determination are less inclined to vote for populist parties than their colleagues in small companies without co-determination.

The end of populism

Twenty proposals to defend liberal democracy

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