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Workers' Cooperatives in Brazil: Autonomy vs Precariousness


  • Jacob Carlos Lima

    (Federal University of São Carlos, Brazil)


The aim of this article is to discuss the growth of workers' cooperatives within the context of recent industrial restructuring in Brazil. Based on the analysis of empirical cases, it seeks to assess whether, and to what degree, this kind of self-management results in workers' gains in autonomy and the democratization of workplace relations, or if this process of economic restructuring has merely left these workers in a more precarious employment situation.

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  • Jacob Carlos Lima, 2007. "Workers' Cooperatives in Brazil: Autonomy vs Precariousness," Economic and Industrial Democracy, Department of Economic History, Uppsala University, Sweden, vol. 28(4), pages 589-621, November.
  • Handle: RePEc:sae:ecoind:v:28:y:2007:i:4:p:589-621
    DOI: 10.1177/0143831X07082200

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    1. Chris Cornforth, 2004. "The Governance of cooperatives and mutual associations: a paradox perspective," Annals of Public and Cooperative Economics, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 75(1), pages 11-32, March.
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