- The Oxford Handbook of Participation in Organizations
- List of Figures
- List of Tables
- About the Contributors
- Conceptualizing Employee Participation in Organizations
- An HRM Perspective on Employee Participation
- An Industrial Relations Perspective on Employee Participation
- A Legal Perspective on Employee Participation
- Labour Process and Marxist Perspectives on Employee Participation
- An Economic Perspective on Employee Participation
- Direct Employee Participation
- Collective Bargaining as a Form of Employee Participation: : Observations on the United States and Europe
- Employer Strategies Towards Non‐Union Collective Voice
- Worker Directors and Worker Ownership/Cooperatives
- Employee Participation Through Non‐Union Forms of Employee Representation
- Works Councils:: The European Model of Industrial Democracy?
- Employee Share Ownership
- Financial Participation
- Labour Union Responses to Participation in Employing Organizations
- Voice in the Wilderness? The Shift From Union to Non‐Union Voice in Britain
- High Involvement Management and Performance
- Employee Voice and Mutual Gains
- Participation Across Organizational Boundaries
- Public Policy and Employee Participation
- Corporate Governance and Employee Participation
- Cross‐National Variation in Representation Rights and Governance at Work
- Employee Participation in Developing and Emerging Countries
- International and Comparative Perspectives on Employee Participation
- Freedom, Democracy, and Capitalism:: Ethics and Employee Participation
Abstract and Keywords
This article aims to outline how an apparently positive feature of organizational life can also be considered a focus of concern. It starts with an outline of some of the variations in Marxist and Labour Process debates, along with discussion of those debates within political science that have had most impact on discussions in industrial relations, especially the debate on corporatism. The article then moves to a discussion of critical accounts of the broad notion of participation within capitalist economies at various levels. It explains why forms of worker participation are both the subject of political demands by various constituencies, yet are also a cause of concern in the way they have evolved. Finally, the article outlines some of the challenges facing critical and, in particular, Marxist and Labour Process approaches to the debates on participation.
Miguel Martinez Lucio Professor of International Human Resource Management, University of Manchester.
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