Donald A. R. George




Donald is an economist with an interest in the economics of cooperatives and worker participation. Some of his research on these topics is reported in Economic Democracy: the Political Economy of Self-Management and Participation (available as an e-book from Springer).

Donald is presently a Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) of Economics at the University of Edinburgh. He has been Jean Monnet Fellow at the European University Institute, Italy, Visiting Associate Professor of Economics at Queen’s University, Canada, and Visiting Professor of Economics at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand. He is joint Founding Editor of the Journal of Economic Surveys.

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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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