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Workers, Citizens, Governance

Socio-Cultural Innovation at Work

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Francesco Garibaldo, Mirella Baglioni, Catherine Casey and Volker Telljohann

This book pursues principal aims. First it describes and reviews current concerns in regard to the conditions of labour markets, production organizations, working conditions, and industrial and employment relations. Prominent among these concerns are the crisis in trade unions and in democratic labour market institutions, and the rise of what many critics regard as technocratic administrative powers in the displacement of democratic practices. Furthermore the book explores aspects of the search for socio-cultural innovation in the wide areas of work, industrial, organizational, management, and employment relations. It therefore deals with participatory democratic practices in the world of work and production, with citizenship, social cohesion, wider participation in education and training, as well as with cultural interests in identity, solidarity and non-market values.

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7Introduction Catherine Casey, Mirella Baglioni, Francesco Garibaldo, Volker Telljohann This book has two principal aims. The first is to describe and review current concerns in regard to the conditions of labour markets, production organizations, working conditions, and industrial and employment relations. Prominent among these concerns is the crisis in trade unions and in democratic labour market in- stitutions, and the rise of what many critics regard as technocratic administrative powers in the displacement of democratic practices. These concerns, which may be seen as part of broader crisis in democracy, require careful evidence-based documentation and analysis. What are the principal factors of the crisis? How successful are current efforts in response? Has a recalibration of labour and capital relations set an institutional path dependency for a long time to come? What are the options for social and economic policies? These concerns stimulate, in addition to critique, a search for theoretical and practical responses for regen- erative social paths. In particular, they stimulate efforts toward a rigorous search for socio-cultural innovation in the regulation of economic action, most espe- cially at the level of labour markets, organizations and workplaces. The second aim of the book, therefore, is to explore aspects of the search for socio-cultural innovation in wide areas of work, industrial, organizational, man- agement, and employment relations. What are the prospects, and sources, of re- vitalising participatory democratic practices in the world of work and produc- tion? Are there prospects opening in recent policy initiatives at European Union level in regard...

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