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A Discussion on Elizabeth Anderson's Private Government

When: Tuesday, February 18, 2020
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM CT

Where: Scott Hall, Ripton Room, 601 University Place, Evanston, IL 60208 map it

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Contact: Melike Arslan  

Group: Global Capitalism & Law Research Group

Category: Academic


We will read and discuss Elizabeth Anderson's book Private Government: How Employers Rule Our Lives (and Why We Don't Talk about It) Princeton University Press, 2017

"One in four American workers says their workplace is a “dictatorship.” Yet that number almost certainly would be higher if we recognized employers for what they are—private governments with sweeping authoritarian power over our lives. Many employers minutely regulate workers’ speech, clothing, and manners on the job, and employers often extend their authority to the off-duty lives of workers, who can be fired for their political speech, recreational activities, diet, and almost anything else employers care to govern. They impose controls on workers that are unconstitutional for democratic states to impose on citizens who are not convicts or in the military. In this compelling book, Elizabeth Anderson examines why, despite all this, we continue to talk as if free markets make workers free, and she proposes a better way to think about the workplace, opening up space for discovering how workers can enjoy real freedom"

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