Peter Giraudo is a fourth-year graduate student in the Department of Politics. His dissertation examines debates over the nature of worker participation in nineteenth and twentieth-century German political thought in order to shed light on the normative aims of the German approach to corporate governance. It shows that while nineteenth-century justifications for worker participation relied on the concepts of state-aid or self-help, twentieth-century defenses had to more explicitly respond to the free-market critique that workers lacked the capacities for self-management in the firm. The dissertation also seeks to demonstrate how different perspectives on the desirability of worker participation influenced thinkers’ conceptions of democracy. Peter’s other research focuses on the status of political parties in contemporary and historical democratic theory. Before coming to Princeton, Peter received his B.A. in history from Columbia University.