Workers' Management and Workers' Wages in Yugoslavia: The Theory and Practice of Participatory Socialism

Workers' Management and Workers' Wages in Yugoslavia: The Theory and Practice of Participatory Socialism

Workers' Management and Workers' Wages in Yugoslavia: The Theory and Practice of Participatory Socialism

Workers' Management and Workers' Wages in Yugoslavia: The Theory and Practice of Participatory Socialism

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Until recently, movements for a radical transformation of society focused on questions of economic equity. Today, struggles are increasingly taking the form of movements for a redistribution of power, summarized in the demand for control over one's life in all its aspects--political, economic, social, familial, and so on. Frequently, these demands become translated programmatically into some notion of decentralized socialism, or workers' control, or participatory democracy. All of these programs have two common aspects: participation and social ownership and control. Combined they form the notion of participatory socialism. This book is about the Yugoslav experiment in participatory socialism. Its focus is the institutional structure of Yugoslav workers' management and the impact of that institutional structure on the wage decision in the enterprise.

The exposition will proceed along several levels: First, Chapter 2 will discuss the intellectual roots of participatory socialism in the many radical movements of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Chapter 3 will examine the economic theory of a workermanaged enterprise. In the next two chapters (4 and 5), we will examine the institutions of workers' management and the institutions of wage determination in the Yugoslav enterprise. In particular, we will focus attention on the distribution of power within the Yugoslav workers' management bodies among different strata of the work force and among the various interest groups both within and outside the enterprise. Chapters 6 and 7 contain an investigation of the results of the wage determination process in . . .

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