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Democracy at work and civic democracy: mutually reinforcing

Figure 4.3 Democracy at work and civic democracy


Civic democracy and democracy at work are two sides of the same coin

There is another side to the work-life balance: what happensat work does not stay there. Experiences and activities at work influence those outside the workplace and vice versa.  Privately gained competences are used professionally; frustrations experienced at the work place are likely to affect private interactions as well. This same interdependence is also evident in the relationship between democracy (or the lack of it) at work and in society. 

Political democracy thrives on the participation of citizens.  The electorate need to become informed about politics and engage through voting, standing for elections or other ways of making their voice heard politically. 

Whether citizens actually engage, however, is shaped by their opportunities to do so. Fundamental rights such as freedom of speech, freedom of association and the right to vote, ensure and stimulate citizens’ involvement in politics.

more information in  Benchmarking Working Europe 2019 - Chapter 4 Democracy at work

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Mehmet Koksal

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