Private Government: How Employers Rule Our Lives
Anderson, Elizabeth. 2017. Private Government: How Employers Rule Our Lives. Princeton University Press.
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We normally think of government as something only the state does, yet many of us are governed far more -- and far more obtrusively -- by the private government of the workplace.
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- "Americans think they live in a democracy. But their workplaces are small tyrannies." A short summary of Elizabeth Anderson's book "Private Government: How Employers Rule Our Lives".
Most workplace governments in the United States are dictatorships, in which bosses govern in ways that are largely unaccountable to those who are governed. They don't merely govern workers; they dominate them. This is what I call private government.
Elizabeth Anderson, "Private Government: How Employers Rule Our LivesPrivate Government: How Employers Rule Our Lives", p. xxii.