Important and insightful....Offers history-, economics-, and evidence-based policy ideas at their best.
"Based on comprehensive data and painstaking historical research, The Citizen's Share provides a superb overview of employee ownership in the United States. At a moment when economic inequality has reached an apogee and trust in corporations a nadir, when the employment relationship has frayed in companies across the U.S., and American industry faces challenges from around the globe, the authors' message could not be more important."
Viviana A. Zelizer, author of Economic Lives: How Culture Shapes the Economy and Professor of Sociology, Princeton University
“This book offers the compelling vision of a better healthier American economy founded on the basic principles of employee ownership and profit sharing. The deep-rooted history of this American vision is elegantly interwoven with the results of modern rigorous research. The Citizen’s Share is a wonderfully readable book with an important message that will provoke serious thought and discussion.”
Martin L. Weitzman, Professor of Economics, Harvard University and author of The Share Economy
“The Citizen's Share is a model of sober scholarly analysis and impassioned political advocacy. Timely, drawing from some of the best traditions of American democracy, here is a book on economic policy that might make the Founding Fathers smile”
Jonathan I. Levy, author of Freaks of Fortune: The Emerging World of Capitalism and Risk in America and Assistant Professor of History, Princeton University
“The Citizen’s Share is a must-read for current and future business leaders as well as policymakers who believe all American’s are entitled to participate in a healthy and growing U.S. economy. This insightful tapestry of history, economics and psychology begins by telling the story that our country was founded with the right for all citizens to ownership and ends with 10 non-partisan policy recommendations that will ensure ownership is a right for all, not just the 1%.”
Carine M. Schneider, Chairman of the Board, Global Equity Organization
"This important book demonstrates conclusively that employee ownership can be an effective business model, resulting in efficient outcomes."
Jonathan Michie, President, Kellogg College, University of Oxford
“This provocative study exposes a long-lost history of successful profit-sharing within U.S. capitalism. Good business (not conscience), the authors argue, holds the promise of a more equal and therefore more democratically organized society. This is an optimistic, but eminently plausible scenario.”
Alice Kessler-Harris, author of In Pursuit of Equity: Women, Men and the Quest for Economic Citizenship in Twentieth Century America and R. Gordon Hoxie Professor of American History, Columbia University
“A few years ago, Blasi, Kruse, and Freeman caught people’s attention with an intriguing thesis: that a company performs better when owned by its workers . In this book, the authors go a step further. They make the interesting and provocative claim that worker ownership also improves democracy. Readers may disagree with the conclusion, but they will want to understand the argument.”
Eric S. Maskin, Nobel laureate in Economics and Adams University Professor, Harvard University
“Citizens should know about The Citizen’s Share--it’s important. And there is no better trio than Blasi, Freeman, and Kruse to tell them about it.”
Alan Blinder, Gordon S. Rentschler Memorial Professor of Economics and Public Affairs, Princeton University
"The Citizens Share demonstrates that employee ownership is as American as apple pie. Let’s put it to use to improve our lives and strengthen our democracy. The authors do a superb job of showing the way to do so."
Thomas A. Kochan, Co-Director, MIT Institute for Work and Employment Research and George Maverick Bunker Professor of Management, MIT Sloan School of Management