The Role of Accountability in Workplace Democracy

Galina Goncharenko*

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Roberto Frega argues for the advancement of workplace democracy theorisation by synergising the conceptual pathways of various disciplines. He places a particular emphasis on the practice of employee involvement, which, according to him, constitutes one of the three pillars of workplace democracy, the other two being voice and representation. The present commentary broadens the interdisciplinary horizons of this debate by reflecting on the central role of accountability in workplace democracy and the workings of the three pillars identified by Frega. The commentary explores the potential of accountability and the insights drawn from critical accounting research to translate democratic ideals into meaningful and sustainable organisational practices and so strengthen workplace democracy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)381-393
Number of pages13
JournalBusiness Ethics Quarterly
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 8 Apr 2023

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  • accountability
  • employee involvement
  • workplace democracy


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