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Workers, Citizens, Governance

Socio-Cultural Innovation at Work


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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Mirella Baglioni is Professor of socio-economics at the University of Parma (Department of Economics). Recent publications include (co-edited with Bernd Brandl), Changing Labour Relations. Between Path Dependency and Global Trends Peter Lang 2011; New forms of interest representation in F. Garibaldo and V. Telljohann (eds.), The ambivalent character of participation. New ten- dencies in worker participation in Europe, Peter Lang 2010; Parmalat, the crisis, the restructuring and the recovering process: what is the future for labour rela- tions? in Struck O. (ed.) Industrial Relations and Social Standards in an Inter- nationalized Economy, Frankfurt, Campus Verlag 2011. Peter Brödner is Visiting Professor at the University of Siegen. Formerly he was head of the Department Production Systems at the Institut Arbeit und Tech- nik (IAT) – Wissenschaftszentrum Nordrhein-Westfalen, Gelsenkirchen, Ger- many. His recent publications include ‘Sustainability in Knowledge-Based Com- panies’ in Docherty et al. (eds.) Creating Sustainable Work Systems, London, Routledge 2009. Catherine Casey is Professor of Organization and Society at the University of Leicester, United Kingdom. Her research addresses critical questions in economy and society, with a main focus on work, organizations and institutions, labour markets and employment relations, and education and training. She is Senior Editor of Organization Studies. Her research is presented and published in vari- ous international forums. Her current book, Economy, Work and Education: Critical Connections, (New York: Routledge, 2011) is a sociological exploration of critical concerns arising from policies of knowledge-based economies in neo- liberal conditions. Isabel da Costa (CNRS-IDHE, France) is a senior researcher at...

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