Efficiency and Domination in the Socialist Republic: A Reply to O'Shea.

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  • Author(s): Frye, Harrison
  • Source:
    Political Theory. Oct2020, Vol. 48 Issue 5, p573-580. 8p.
  • Document Type:
    Article
  • Additional Information
    • Subject Terms:
    • Author-Supplied Keywords:
      domination
      freedom
      republicanism
      socialism
      work
    • Abstract:
      In a recent essay in this journal, Tom O'Shea defends socialist republicanism, marrying the value of freedom as nondomination to public ownership of the means of production. In this reply, I argue that the efficiency costs that often attach to public ownership may undercut the ability of the socialist republic to combat domination by public agents. I provide two reasons in support of this claim. First, the economic gains provided by efficiency can insulate individuals from the discretionary power of other agents. Put briefly, the more wealth you have, the less the discretionary power threatens your basic interests. Second, the efficiency costs of public ownership also make it more difficult to hold accountable the managers of economic organizations. This shortcoming of O'Shea's argument reveals a point hitherto neglected in the republican literature—caring about nondomination implies caring about efficiency. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
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    • ISSN:
      0090-5917
    • Accession Number:
      10.1177/0090591720903392
    • Accession Number:
      145713943
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    • ABNT:
      FRYE, H. Efficiency and Domination in the Socialist Republic: A Reply to O’Shea. Political Theory, [s. l.], v. 48, n. 5, p. 573–580, 2020. DOI 10.1177/0090591720903392. Disponível em: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=hch&AN=145713943. Acesso em: 30 out. 2020.
    • AMA:
      Frye H. Efficiency and Domination in the Socialist Republic: A Reply to O’Shea. Political Theory. 2020;48(5):573-580. doi:10.1177/0090591720903392
    • APA:
      Frye, H. (2020). Efficiency and Domination in the Socialist Republic: A Reply to O’Shea. Political Theory, 48(5), 573–580. https://doi.org/10.1177/0090591720903392
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Frye, Harrison. 2020. “Efficiency and Domination in the Socialist Republic: A Reply to O’Shea.” Political Theory 48 (5): 573–80. doi:10.1177/0090591720903392.
    • Harvard:
      Frye, H. (2020) ‘Efficiency and Domination in the Socialist Republic: A Reply to O’Shea’, Political Theory, 48(5), pp. 573–580. doi: 10.1177/0090591720903392.
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Frye, H 2020, ‘Efficiency and Domination in the Socialist Republic: A Reply to O’Shea’, Political Theory, vol. 48, no. 5, pp. 573–580, viewed 30 October 2020, .
    • MLA:
      Frye, Harrison. “Efficiency and Domination in the Socialist Republic: A Reply to O’Shea.” Political Theory, vol. 48, no. 5, Oct. 2020, pp. 573–580. EBSCOhost, doi:10.1177/0090591720903392.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Frye, Harrison. “Efficiency and Domination in the Socialist Republic: A Reply to O’Shea.” Political Theory 48, no. 5 (October 2020): 573–80. doi:10.1177/0090591720903392.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Frye H. Efficiency and Domination in the Socialist Republic: A Reply to O’Shea. Political Theory [Internet]. 2020 Oct [cited 2020 Oct 30];48(5):573–80. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=hch&AN=145713943