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Is Good Work Good for Democracy? Work, Change at Work and Political Participation in Canada and England

  • John Godard
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    This article draws on data from 750 Canadian and 450 English workers to systematically explore the implications of work for political participation, addressing whether 'good' work, and recent trends identified in work and employment, appear to be good for political participation. It finds that various aspects of work and of the work experience, many of which have been associated with recent trends, can have significant implications. However, these implications tend to differ for 'passive' and 'active' forms of participation and to be weak for the former. Moreover, characteristics that might be associated with 'good' work have negative as well as positive spillovers, suggesting contradictory effects and reducing the net positive effects of good jobs. Finally, there is some (albeit limited) evidence of cross-national differences, especially with regard to the implications of union representation. Copyright Blackwell Publishing Ltd/London School of Economics 2007.

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    Article provided by London School of Economics in its journal British Journal of Industrial Relations.

    Volume (Year): 45 (2007)
    Issue (Month): 4 (December)
    Pages: 760-790

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    Handle: RePEc:bla:brjirl:v:45:y:2007:i:4:p:760-790
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