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

Ozarow, Daniel ORCID: and Croucher, Richard ORCID: (2014) Workers' self-management, recovered companies and the sociology of work. Sociology, 48 (5) . pp. 989-1006. ISSN 0038-0385 [Article] (doi:10.1177/0038038514539064)

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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
Notes on copyright: © The Author(s) 2014. This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License ( which permits any use, reproduction and distribution of the work without further permission provided the original work is attributed as specified on the SAGE and Open Access page (
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Date Deposited: 21 Nov 2014 10:56
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