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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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Workers, Citizens and Lifelong Learning: The Search for Socio-Cultural Innovation. Catherine Casey

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201 Workers, Citizens and Lifelong Learning: The Search for Socio-Cultural Innovation Catherine Casey Introduction The concerns and debates in regard to recent change and flux in institutional governance of economy and work stimulate a search for theoretical and practical responses for regenerative social paths. In a climate, over recent decades, in which economic liberalization and technological innovation have been highly promoted in policy discourse, social regulation of economic action has been per- ilously neglected. Supranational institutions struggle to deal with the dispersed effects of the 2008 financial crisis. That crisis and its aftermath open new op- portunities for innovative social thinking about economic regulation, including in the immediate domains of work, employment relations, organizational behaviour and workplace practices. A growing discourse on the roles of citizenship and of lifelong learning in stimulating social cohesion, as well as economic participa- tion, poses a rich opportunity for revitalizing worker-interested action. Recent policy initiatives at European Union level in regard to citizenship identity and behaviour as well as in encouragement of participation in education and in life- long learning find a fruitful intersection with interests in worker education and development. There has been much economic policy emphasis on the pursuit of knowledge- based firm competitiveness in dynamic market environments. Firms are encour- aged to transform their enterprises into knowledge-rich, continuously learning and dynamically innovating organizations. There is immense potential in the turn toward learning, diverse skill development and the pursuit of innovation in or- ganizational practices. An expansive horizon for imagining new ways...

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