co·​de·​ter·​mi·​na·​tion | \ ˌkō-di-ˌtər-mə-ˈnā-shən How to pronounce codetermination (audio) \

Definition of codetermination

: the participation of labor with management in determining business policy

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Recent Examples on the Web Legislative efforts to replace more than a century of American state corporate law with European-style codetermination—enabling workers, suppliers, customers, activists, government, and others who do not own companies to run them—remain stalled. Noah Joshua Phillips, Fortune, "FTC commissioner: Is antitrust the next stakeholder capitalism battleground?," 26 Sep. 2020 As a side effect, codetermination has also depressed the formation of Germany’s capital market (diffuse public ownership requires strong corporate boards) and done next to nothing to reduce inequality. Samuel Hammond, National Review, "Elizabeth Warren’s Anti-Corporate Fixation," 26 Sep. 2019 While the idea of mandatory codetermination as envisioned by the likes of Senator Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.) would be destructive to the principle of private ownership, simply allowing works councils should be an unobjectionable policy. Eli Lehrer, National Review, "The Next Union Era," 25 July 2019 So is his praise of codetermination, an idea championed this year by Sens. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "Obama just gave the speech the left’s wanted since he left office," 7 Sep. 2018 Arguably the most aggressive and well-developed codetermination system is that of Germany. Dylan Matthews, Vox, "Workers don’t have much say in corporations. Why not give them seats on the board?," 6 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of codetermination

1949, in the meaning defined above

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“Codetermination.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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