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Workers’ Participation in Management, Workers’ Control of Production


  • Christopher Gunn

    () (Economics, Hobart & William Smith Colleges, Geneva, NY, USA)


For several decades workers’ participation in management was a persistent demand of the left. In the neoliberal era it became, in a twisted way, a reality for some workers. Team organization of production, reduction of supervisory staffing, and a constant drive for productivity improvement became the norm, requiring broader managerial involvement by workers in their activities. Workers’ control of production remains on the radical agenda, but with broader implications. Workers’ control of production implies dramatic changes in the relationship between capital and labor, and with them development of alternative forms of production and distribution.JEL classification: J54, B51, L23

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  • Christopher Gunn, 2011. "Workers’ Participation in Management, Workers’ Control of Production," Review of Radical Political Economics, Union for Radical Political Economics, vol. 43(3), pages 317-327, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:sae:reorpe:v:43:y:2011:i:3:p:317-327

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    1. Murray, Michael, 2013. "Economic Democracy," MPRA Paper 49755, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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    economic democracy; workers’ participation in management; workers’ control of production; cooperative production;

    JEL classification:

    • J54 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Labor-Management Relations, Trade Unions, and Collective Bargaining - - - Producer Cooperatives; Labor Managed Firms
    • B51 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - Current Heterodox Approaches - - - Socialist; Marxian; Sraffian
    • L23 - Industrial Organization - - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior - - - Organization of Production


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