Towards More Ethical Futures: Workplace Cooperative Practices' Contributions as Demonstrated by the Mondragon Corporation

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Carisse, Kerri




The amelioration of persistent alienation, exploitation, and social injustice is the focus of post-capitalism. Some post-capitalist theorists have examined the potential of workplace cooperative practices at the Mondragon Corporation to counteract negative externalities and transform subjectivities to be more communal and ethical. Mondragon's practices identified as offering subversive potential are knowledge sharing, workplace democracy, and arrangements around surpluses. Assessing these practices at headquarters, it appears that these factors posses great transformative and emancipatory potential for post-capitalism. However, applying considerations regarding reproductive labour and an ethics of care lens, and looking to Mondragon's practices internationally, exposes the limitations to their emancipatory potential. By employing these theoretical lenses and a broader perspective to the analysis of its cooperative practices, this thesis demonstrates that Mondragon offers inspiration, but not a complete model, of cooperative practices upon which post-capitalist futures can be built.


Political Science
Economics - Labor




Carleton University

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