Democracy at Work: Changing World Markets and the Future of Labor Unions

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Cornell University Press, Apr 1, 1993 - Industrial management - 279 pages
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West Germany from 1949 to 1990 was a story of virtually unparalleled political and economic success. This economic miracle incorporated a well-functioning political democracy, expanded to include a "social partnership" system of economic representation. Then the Wall came down. Economic crisis in the East--industrial collapse, massive layoffs, a demoralized workforce--triggered gloomy predictions. Was this the beginning of the end for the widely admired "German model?"

Lowell Turner has extensively researched the German transformation in the 1990s. Indeed, in 1993 he was at the factory gates at Siemens in Rostock for the first major strike in post-Cold War eastern Germany. In that strike, and in a series of other incisively analyzed workplace and job developments in eastern Germany, he shows the remarkable resilience and flexibility of the German social partnership and the contribution of its institutions to unification. His controversial and, to some, radical findings will stimulate debate at home and abroad.

 

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Contents

PARTNERSHIP AND CONFLICT IN THE U S
29
Partnership and Engagement in the West German
91
Comparative Industrial Relations in the U S and West
153
THE ANALYSIS EXTENDED SECTORAL
173
Britain
199
The Politics of Work Reorganization Summary
222
References
245
Index
265
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Lowell Turner is Professor of International and Comparative Labor at the ILR School and Director of the Worker Institute at Cornell University. He is coeditor most recently of Mobilizing against Inequality , Labor in the New Urban Battlegrounds , and Rekindling the Movement , all from Cornell.

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