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54th ITH Conference - Workplace Democracy Revisited: Labour and Practices of Participation, Workers’ Control and Self-Management in Global Perspective

28.01.2018 | Linz, Austrija

54th ITH Conference - Workplace Democracy Revisited: Labour and Practices of Participation, Workers’
Control and Self-Management in Global Perspective

Organizatori napominju:

"Initiatives for democratization of labour relations
were carried by vastly disparate social actors under diverse types of labour regimes and
political rule in many different parts of the globe. Not surprisingly, a substantial research
literature on these phenomena has developed. Yet, studies of workers’ activation tend to
have a narrow focus when it comes to the socio-economic complexity and the geographical
scope of workplace democracy. Firstly, the topic has traditionally attracted left-leaning
social scientists and heterodox economists inclined to look at the political organizing of the
working class and economic performance of the enterprises respectively, thus overlooking
labour relations and the inner workings of workplace democracy. Secondly, the studies
were habitually framed in the context of individual nation states with the most illustrious
historical projects claiming workers’ emancipation attracting the greatest attention. The
attempts to produce overviews on the history of workers’ participation, control and selfmanagement
practices in different countries usually amounted to collections of individual
case studies with moderate comparison, disregarding mutual influence, transnational
exchange and transfers."

Nadalje, ciljevi konferencije su:

1. To unpack and categorise the often interchanging terms and
conceptualizations of workplace democracy such as self-management, control,
participation, co-determination and autogestion (in different languages) by
tracing their evolution globally and relating them to particular geographic
locations, cultural contexts and historical conjunctures

2. To examine workplace democracy beyond the political history of workers’
movements or business history of alternative management models by
investigating the actual practices of workers’ involvement, decision-making and
work conditions in concrete cases


Rok za predaju prijedloga je 28.1.2018.


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