The organization of production and its publics: mental proximity, market and hierarchies

Sacchetti, Silvia and Sugden, Roger (2009). The organization of production and its publics: mental proximity, market and hierarchies. Review of Social Economy, 67(3) pp. 289–311.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/00346760802621906

Abstract

The paper introduces mental proximity as an ideal-type criterion for assessing the organization of production, and positions it as a benchmark alongside markets and hierarchies in a three-dimensional space. Following a Deweyan approach, the criterion is focused on democratic deliberation espoused by necessary values: the rejection of controlling influences, positive freedom, inclusion on equal terms, informed participation, the desire to reach a consensus, sympathy, mutual respect, reciprocity, and continuous learning. We also identify a community network as a complex of people who seek to relate to each other in accord with mental proximity, and discuss influences on their search.

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