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Dissensus! Radical Democracy and Business Ethics

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Iain Munro



This is the authors' accepted manuscript of an article that has been published in its final definitive form by Springer Nature, 2020.

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© 2020, Springer Nature B.V. In this introductory essay, we outline the relationship between political dissensus and radical democracy, focusing especially on how such a politics might inform the study of business ethics. This politics is located historically in the failure of liberal democracy to live up to its promise, as well as the deleterious response to that from reactionary populism, strong-man authoritarianism, and exploitative capitalism. In the context of these political vicissitudes, we turn to radical democracy as a form of contestation that offers hope in an affirmative, inclusive and sustainable alternative. On this basis we introduce the papers in the special issue as a collective exploration of the ethics and politics of radical democracy as manifesting in dissensus and the subversion of corporate and elite power by alternative democratic practices and realities.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Rhodes C, Munro I, Thanem T, Pullen A

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Journal of Business Ethics

Year: 2020

Volume: 164

Pages: 627-632

Print publication date: 01/07/2020

Online publication date: 03/01/2020

Acceptance date: 16/12/2019

Date deposited: 16/02/2021

ISSN (print): 0167-4544

ISSN (electronic): 1573-0697

Publisher: Springer Nature


DOI: 10.1007/s10551-019-04405-3


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