The circulation of ideas and practices regarding workplace democracy

in Europe and beyond, from WWII to the present

La circulation des idées et des pratiques concernant la démocratie au travail en Europe et au-delà, de la seconde guerre mondiale à nos jours

International Conference


Jeudi 28 et vendredi 29 septembre 2023


Université d’Évry
Bibliothèque universitaire, salle des Lumières
2 rue André Lalande
91 025 Évry Cedex

Comment venir ?


Sophia Friedel | Institute for Social Movements, Ruhr University, Bochum
Aurélie Andry | université d’Évry Paris-Saclay, IDHE.S
Frank Georgi | université d’Évry Paris-Saclay, IDHE.S
Stefan Berger | Institute for Social Movements, Ruhr University, Bochum

Coordinating administrator:
Maylis Ferry | University of Évry Paris-Saclay

Partenaires :

Centre Marc Bloch
Institut für Soziale Bewegungen

Programme de recherche : ANR-DFG – EURO-DEM : Workplace democracy: a European ideal?


Thursday, 28 September

9.30 – 9.45 Welcome with Coffee / Tea

9.45 – 10.00 Word of welcome by the organisers

Chair: Organisers

10.00 – 11.30 Panel 1: A dominant but contested model in Europe: Co-determination

Chair: Stefan Berger | Institute for Social Movements, Ruhr University, Bochum

Sophia Friedel | Institute for Social Movements, Ruhr University, Bochum
German “Mitbestimmung” as the ultimate means to democratize the workplace in Western Europe? A discourse analysis

Alexandre Bibert | Deutsches Historisches Institut, Paris
French Views on Mitbestimmung from the 1950s to the early 1970s

Sara Lafuente Hernandez | European Trade Union Institute, Brussels
The conceptual discussion around Workplace Participation and its implications for EU policy developments

11.30 – 11.45 Coffee / Tea Break

11.45 – 12.45 Keynote Lecture: How to write a transnational history of workplace democracy?

Keynote Speaker: Gerd-Rainer Horn | SciencePo Centre for History, Paris

12.45 – 13.45 Lunch

13.45 – 15.15 Panel 2: The circulation and persistence of the self-management model

Chair: Frank Georgi | University of Évry Paris-Saclay, IDHE.S

Celine Marty | University of Franche-Comté
The Franco-Italian exchanges on self-management between Gorz and the operaists

Dušan Marković | University of Belgrade
Serge Mallet in Yugoslavia: A story of an exchange of ideas

Guillaume Genoud | University of Évry Paris-Saclay, IDHE.S
Regionalism, nationalism and self-management: The case of the Corsican trade-ujnionists of the FDT and of the STC (1972-1991)

15.15 – 15.30 Coffee / Tea Break

15.30 – 17.00 Panel 3: Alternative models of workplace democracy? The British and ‘Nordic’ cases in transnational perspective

Chair: Sophia Friedel | Institute for Social Movements, Ruhr-University, Bochum

Peter Ackers | Centre for Work, Organisation and Society, Loughborough University
Hugh Clegg – the British Pluralist Voluntarist approach to Industrial Democracy (1945 to 1979)

Rebecca Zahn | University of Strathclyde, Glasgow
Revealing the Role of Ideas in Labour Law’s Development: Interactions between German exiled Trade Unionists and the British labour movement

Haldor Byrkejflot | University of Oslo
The Nordic Model of workplace Democracy in transnational perspective, 1970-2023

17.00 – 17.30 Discussion / Concluding Remarks Day 1

19.00 Conference Dinner

Friday, 29 September

9.30 – 11.00 Panel 4: Economic democracy and socialism

Chair: Pedro Teixeira | Centre Marc Bloch, Berlin

Vladimir Unkovski | University of Glasgow et Aurélie Andry | université d’Évry Paris-Saclay, IDHE.S
Yugoslav Self-Management, the British Left and the Origins of the Alternative Economic Strategy

Aleksandar Miletic | Institute for Recent History of Serbia, Belgrade
Yugoslav Workers’ Self-Management and the Western European Socialist and Social-Democratic Left

Vaclav Rames | University of Prague
Czechoslovakia – How practices of economic democracy helped remove the political dominance of the Communist Party (1989)

11.00 – 11.15 Coffee / Tea Break

11.15 – 12.45 Panel 5: Ideas and policies of workplace democracy in European institutions and International Organizations

Chair: György Szell | University of Osnabrueck, Institute of Social Sciences

Isabel Da Costa | CNRS, ENS Paris-Saclay, IDHE.S
Workplace Democracy through Collective Bargaining: from the national to the transnational level

Holm-Detlev Köhler | University of Oviedo
Worker participation in transnational company actions in Europe

Charles Lurquin | McGill University in Montreal
The ILOs approach to Workplace Democracy

12.45 – 13.45 Lunch

13.45 – 15.15 Panel 6: Global circulations beyond Europe

Chair: Manfred Wannöffel | Joint Working Centre of the Ruhr-University Bochum and IG Metall

Benedetto Zaccaria | University of Padova
Sarajevo Caput Mundi – The Global Dimension of the 1971 “Second Congress of Yugoslav Self-Managers”

Gabriela Scodeller | Institute of Human, Social and Environmental Sciences (Argentina) and National University of Cuyo
Dialogues regarding self-management search and reception from a Latin-American labour organisation during the long sixties

Nicola Lamri | University of Bologna ; University of Polythechnique Hauts-de-France 
The Italian reception of the Algerian self-management experiment between myth and concrete support (1962-65)

15.15 – 15.30 Coffee / Tea Break

15.30 – 16.30 Roundtable Discussion (Publication, Research Perspectives, etc)

Chair: Organisers

16.45 Cocktail


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