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Worker Control: The Bases of Women's Support

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  • Ed Collom

    (University of California Riverside)

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A vast amount of research on women and work indicates that women have not gained parity with men in the paid workforce. Workplace democracy is particularly relevant for women. I employ US national survey data from 1991 to analyze women's support for worker control over workplace decision-making. The nature of this support is hypothesized using four branches of feminist theory. An analysis of the gender gap in attitudes is performed and then I incorporate logistic regression to test for cleavages in women's attitudes. The lack of consistency across the items suggests that these specific work issues are not reflective of a larger, generalized predisposition to workplace democracy. I conclude by considering the relationship between women and the labor movement. Union-supported worker participation is most likely to improve women's working conditions.

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  • Ed Collom, 2000. "Worker Control: The Bases of Women's Support," Economic and Industrial Democracy, Department of Economic History, Uppsala University, Sweden, vol. 21(2), pages 211-235, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:sae:ecoind:v:21:y:2000:i:2:p:211-235
    DOI: 10.1177/0143831X00212005
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