Americans prefer to work at democratic firms because they intrinsically value having more power at work.

“Respondents prefer to work at democratic firms in part because they intrinsically value having more power at work: Our experimental design also allows us to hold many other job search factors constant such as salary, benefits, and workplace culture–features that would also likely change in response to workplace democratization. As a result, we are able to isolate that individuals value workplace democracy because they perceive that they would have more power at the workplace. Labor republican theorists argue that workers should want more democratic power at work and we find that they do.”

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