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Structural Domination and Freedom in the Labor Market: From Voluntariness to Independence

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Abstract

The claim that workers are subject to structural domination in the labor market is a central contention of the recent radical turn in republican political theory, but it remains undertheorized. Two core components - the claim that workers have no reasonable alternative to selling their labor to capitalists and the relevance of exposure to potential interference in such cases - remain unclear. Without a more precise specification of the conditions of structural domination, it is difficult to assess how well republican prescriptions minimize it. I develop a revised defense of the central claim through an analysis of these components. I clarify what it is to have reasonable alternatives in the labor market but show that holding such options is insufficient to avoid structural domination. I argue that the dependence at the heart of structural domination can be constituted multifariously and develop an additional criterion directed at capturing such dependence in production.

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4408 Political Science, 44 Human Society

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American Political Science Review

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0003-0554
1537-5943

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117

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Cambridge University Press