Isabelle Ferreras


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My research agenda has developed toward an exploration of firms as –internally- political entities from both a descriptive and normative perspective. At the micro-level, my focus is on understanding the logic of work in the context of the Western service-based economy, for which I am developing a critical ‘political sociology of work’. At the institutional level, I am developing a companion ‘political theory of the firm’ that seeks to grasp firms as political entities, and to explore its implications at both the levels of efficiency and normative, and democratic, accountability.

My research into these issues has led me to explore what I call the ‘capitalism/democracy contradiction’; that is, the potential problems that arise when we organize our economy along capitalist lines while nurturing the democratic political ideal of equality for all. I study both normative and efficiency issues raised by this contradiction, combining empirical and sociological research with political theory. As a scholar, I am committed too to helping address the current economic and democratic crisis. You can get into more details by reading my writing and the « Research in Progress » page. The News section gives you a view about the recent talks and interviews I gave.

Chaire HENRI JANNE 2022 : « La contradiction capitalisme/démocratie au travail », Isabelle FERRERAS – Leçon inaugurale (21/04/2022)
Organizing for Decent Work and Economic Growth, Organizational Design Community UNHCR, December 9, 2021

U.Wisconsin-Madison – March 2018 – Havens Center Visiting Scholar: The Urgency of Making Workers Citizens, The Situation Today: Firms as Political Entities – introduction by Erik Olin Wright

RTBF La première Public Radio, Brussels, May 16, 2020

RTBF La première Public Radio, Brussels, Avril 30, 2018

Rendez-vous de l’Histoire/Le Monde – Blois, France – Octobre 10, 2019

RVH/Journal Le Monde – Blois, France – Octobre 12, 2018 – A qui appartient l’entreprise ?

Point Culture Bruxelles – Octobre 4, 2018 – Gouverner le capitalisme ?