The Competent Public Sphere: Global Political Economy, Dialogue and the Contemporary Workplace

Hardcover | September 15, 2009

byJohn Michael Roberts

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Suggesting that an expressive ideology has arisen within the workplace public sphere around the theme of competence,' this book explores the hegemony of global finance and the fetishism of the new economy, exposing the dilemmas of the competence agenda, and illustrating how competence is played out in the workplace public sphere.

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Suggesting that an expressive ideology has arisen within the workplace public sphere around the theme of competence,' this book explores the hegemony of global finance and the fetishism of the new economy, exposing the dilemmas of the competence agenda, and illustrating how competence is played out in the workplace public sphere.

JOHN MICHAEL ROBERTS is Senior Lecturer in Sociology and Communication at Brunel University, UK. He has researched and written about the public sphere, free speech, voluntary activity and social theory for a number of articles and books. These include The Aesthetics of Free Speech: Rethinking the Public Sphere, and as co-editor Realis...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:240 pages, 8.79 × 5.63 × 0.68 inPublished:September 15, 2009Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230008739

ISBN - 13:9780230008731

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Table of Contents

Value Relations, the Public Sphere and Global Competence
The Commodity and the Public Sphere
Capital and the Public Sphere
The New Economy as the Fetish of Financialisation
The Competent Public Sphere of the New Economy
Democracy and Participation in the Competent Public Sphere
Trade Unions, Participation and the Proletarian Public Sphere
Conclusion: Towards a Socialist Public Sphere
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