The Politics of Workers' Participation - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780126662504, 9781483268767

The Politics of Workers' Participation

1st Edition

The Peruvian Approach in Comparative Perspective

Authors: Evelyne Huber Stephens
Editors: Charles Tilly Edward Shorter
eBook ISBN: 9781483268767
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 28th January 1980
Page Count: 308
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The Politics of Workers' Participation: The Peruvian Approach in Comparative Perspective presents a comparative analysis of the development of workers' participation in a variety of politico-economic systems in Peru to other countries in the world. The text focuses on the details of workers' participation in politics and enterprise; empirical evidence substantiating that workers' participation is an issue of fundamental political conflict; and the social forces that promote and oppose workers' participation as part of a transition to a new social order. Political scientists, economists, sociologists, and students will find the book invaluable.

Table of Contents



List of Acronyms

1 Theoretical Framework for the Comparative Study of Workers' Participation

The Political Nature of the Problem

Workers Participation in Different Types of Political and Economic Systems

Structural Designs for Workers Participation at the Enterprise Level

Workers Participation in Developed Capitalist Democratic Systems

Workers Participation in Developing Socialist Authoritarian Systems

Workers Participation in Developing Capitalist Authoritarian Systems

Outline of This Study

Workers' Participation in France, Germany, Sweden, and Yugoslavia


Federal Republic of Germany



3 Origins, Purpose, and Design of Workers' Participation within the Framework of the Peruvian Revolution

Origins: Background for the Revolution

Ideology of the Peruvian Revolution

Purpose of Workers Participation

The Structural Design of Participation: Compromise among Competing Conceptions

Reactions of Entrepreneurs and Unions

Participation at the Enterprise Level: Its Development and Effects on the Relations among Enterprises, the CI, and Unions

Data Base

General State of Labor Relations

Ignorance, Uncertainty, and Opposition vis-à-vis the CI, and the Role of the OCLA

Reasons for Complaints

Determinants of the Overall Number of Complaints

Effect of the Cl on Strike Behavior

Relations between the CI and Unions

Summary and implications

5 Dynamics in the Constellation of Sociopolitical Forces I: Opposition against and Mobilization in Defense of the CI 145

Entrepreneurial Opposition


Governmental Reactions

Failure of the Government's Attempts to Prevent the Emergence of Tendencies Promoting a Socialist Transformation

Resolutions of the Congress of CIs

Division through Direct Organizational Intervention

Emargination through Legal Restrictions

Potential and Weaknesses of CONACI

6 Dynamics in the Constellation of Sociopolitical Forces II: Increase in Unionization and Strike Activity, and the Government's Response

The Situation in 1968

Divide, Co-opt, and Rule

Setting Up a Government-Sponsored Organization

Legal Controls

Toleration of Violence and Exercise of Selective Repression

Increase in Strike Activity

Strike Patterns

Confederations and Strike Behavior

Implications for Relations among the Government, the Private Sector, and Organized Labor

7 Crisis, Polarization, Stagnation, and Reversal of the "Peruvian Revolution"

The Elusive Socialist Alternative

Economic Policies and the Financial Crisis

Choice of Consolidation of the Capitalist Order

Polarization and Repression

Curtailment of the CI

8 Conclusion

Origins of Workers Participation

Purposes and Designs of Workers Participation

Development and Effects of Workers Participation

Supportive Policies for Workers Participation

Predicaments and Possibilities for Future Developments

Appendix I

Appendix II


Subject Index


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About the Author

Evelyne Huber Stephens

About the Editor

Charles Tilly

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Michigan, U.S.A.

Edward Shorter

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Toronto, Canada

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