Workers' Participative Schemes: The Experience Of Capitalist And Plan-based Societies

Hardcover | May 1, 1991

byHelen A. Tsiganou

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Helen Tsiganou's study explores the enormous diversity of worker participation schemes across national contexts. Using a historical comparative approach, worker participation schemes are examined in two major settings: the developed capitalist countries of the United States, Japan, Sweden, Norway, England, Germany, and France; and the centrally planned less developed socialist countries of Yugoslavia, Poland, Hungary, Czechoslovakia, China, and the Soviet Union. Tsiganou addresses the conditions under which participation schemes emerge and the reasons for similarities or differences among these schemes. She first studies the origins and history of schemes within a given national setting. She then draws on specific national experiences and makes cross national comparisons. This is not a systematic, detailed, country-by-country comparison but an explanation of the enormous diversity of worker participative schemes through comparative analysis. Part I of this volume examines the motives and goals behind various participatory schemes and their development and outcomes in the two distinct settings. The comparative logic and analytical framework of the book is laid out against a background of existing theoretical and analytical work. Meanings and definitions attached to worker participation, and their significance in denoting the dynamics of power within the workplace and society, are also covered. This section concludes with a discussion of the book's major assumptions. Part II deals with the diversity of workers participation schemes in several developed countries--countries with advanced industry and democratic pluralist political systems. Part III discusses schemes in several centrallyplanned socialist societies; and their efforts through reforms to correct their weaknesses. The final section summarizes the findings of the study and explores issues that emerge as cross-national and cross-sectional comparisons are made.

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Helen Tsiganou's study explores the enormous diversity of worker participation schemes across national contexts. Using a historical comparative approach, worker participation schemes are examined in two major settings: the developed capitalist countries of the United States, Japan, Sweden, Norway, England, Germany, and France; and the ...

Format:HardcoverDimensions:272 pages, 9.41 × 7.24 × 0.98 inPublished:May 1, 1991Publisher:GREENWOOD PRESS INC.

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ISBN - 10:0313264791

ISBN - 13:9780313264795

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?Economic competition among industrialized nations has led to a search for more productive and efficient methods of organizing work. Toward that end, employers increasingly rely on techniques of worker participation, whereby workers are afforded a voice in decision making within the enterprise. This book examines participative schemes from a global perspective, dividing countries into "market-oriented societies" and "plan-based societies." The first category includes Scandinavia, Western Europe, Japan, and the US; the second focuses on Yugoslavia, Eastern Europe, China, and the Soviet Union. The author's purpose is to analyze participation on a comparative historical basis, tracing the social, political, and economic factors that differentiate the plans in various countries. She concludes that in all cases participation is an issue of political power because it necessarily contradicts bureaucratic authority and the traditional notion that "managers must manage and workers must obey." The study is an excellent survey of participative techniques across a spectrum of diverse circumstances, and it affords a good introduction to the unique issues that arise in the respective countries. Suitable for all levels of readers.?-Choice