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Economic DemocracyThe Politics of Feasible Socialism$
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Robin Archer

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780198295389

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198295383.001.0001

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Structural Adjustment

Structural Adjustment

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(p.170) 8 Structural Adjustment
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Economic Democracy
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Robin Archer (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0198295383.003.0009

Shows that the conditions for a control trade‐off were also met during the period of structural adjustment, which lasted from the mid‐1980s to the early 1990s and beyond. It examines restrictive work practices, the impact of corporatism on labour market flexibility, skills and training, and the increase in workers’ control required by the growth of quality competitive customized production. The chapter also shows that a trade‐off would be feasible even if workers were solely concerned with their material well‐being and suggests that pursuing greater co‐determination and increasing control over the organization of work and training is a particularly promising strategy during such a period.

Keywords:   co‐determination, corporatism, customized production, labour market flexibility, quality, restrictive work practices, skills, structural adjustment, training

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