Workers' self-management, recovered companies and the sociology of work

Ozarow, Daniel and Croucher, Richard (2014) Workers' self-management, recovered companies and the sociology of work. Sociology, 48 (5). pp. 989-1006. ISSN 0038-0385

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We analyse how far Argentina’s worker-recovered companies (WRCs) have sustained themselves and their principles of equity and workers’ self-management since becoming widespread following the country’s 2001–2 economic crisis. Specialist Spanish-language sources, survey data and documents are analysed through four key sociological themes. We find that the number of WRCs has increased in Argentina, and that they represent a viable production model. Further, they have generally maintained their central principles and even flourished. This occurred despite the global economic crisis, legal and financial pressures to adopt capitalist practices and management structures, the risk of market absorption and state attempts to coopt, demobilise and epoliticise the movement. We argue that today they function as a much-needed international beacon of an alternative vision for
labour and that integration of their experience has potential to revitalise the field.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > Business School > Leadership, Work and Organisations > Employment Relations group
Item ID: 13863
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Date Deposited: 21 Nov 2014 10:56
Last Modified: 03 Apr 2019 05:26

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