David Erdal




David is an Hon. Research Fellow at the School of Management at the University of St Andrews. He has an MA in Chinese from Oxford, an MBA from Harvard and a PhD in ‘The Psychology of Sharing: an Evolutionary Approach’, from St Andrews.

He has worked in the area of economic democracy for many decades, leading and helping the all-employee buyouts of many companies. He is the author two books on the subject.

Areas of Expertise:

- Economic Democracy

- The Psychology of Sharing

- Human Evolution

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Nov 29th 2016

Could a cooperative market economy, in which firms are owned and controlled by their workers, be a viable and efficient alternative to capitalism? Most Western societies are proud of being political democracies, but democracy rarely operates within the firm. Democratic governments, in principle, can be criticised freely and are answerable to those they seek to govern. By contrast, managers are not, in general, answerable to those they seek to manage, and the mildest criticism can be dangerous.

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