CfP Shared Governance, Participatory Democracy and Organisational Behaviour in Education, the Workplace and the Health Sector

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XX ISA World Congress of Sociology

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Shared Governance, Participatory Democracy and Organisational Behaviour in Education, the Workplace and the Health Sector

In society today, organisations propagating democracy are not practicing it themselves and leaders purporting to be democratic are actually autocratic.Thus ‘hypocrite democracy’ prevails. Cross-country experiences of this phenomenon will serve to expose underlying tendencies with a view to generating alternatives to current forms of authoritarian organisational and leadership behaviour. Accordingly, the unilateral power of global multi-national corporations has generated trans-national social bodies intent on fostering democratic participation and on ensuring that the outcomes of collective agreements and negotiations are enforced together with an attempt to establish proper organisational structures in authoritarian countries. In the health and education sectors these challenges also prevail. Attention should be paid to factors that shape resilience at individual, organizational, and societal levels, to unequal social and economic costs for different stakeholder groups, and to the sustainability of emerging solutions over time. Strategies such as networking, collaborative dialogue and shared governance may also be evaluated in the quest to undermine authoritarianism. In addition, Public Cooperative Partnerships impact sustainable development and empower people.This roundtable session invites contributions in person on these overarching themes to five sub-tables:

  • Organisational Behaviour and Hypocrite Democracy,Organiser: Joseph Benhar Rajan
  • Transnational Social Dialogue and Collective Action in a World of Resurgent Authoritarianism, Organiser: Stefan Lucking
  • Emergence of a ‚New Normal‘ in Patients‘ Healthcare Participation after a Major Crisis, Organiser: Julia Rozanova, Marcus Schultz
  • Networking, Collaborative Dialogue, Shared Governance: Practical Cases for Sustaining Participatory Democracy in Education, Organisers: Donatella Poliandri, Letizia Giampietro
  • Public Cooperative Partnerships for Social Development, Organiser: Maria Fregidou Malama

Transnational Social Dialogue and Collective Action in a World of Resurgent Authoritarianism

In response to the (authoritarian) unilateral power of the global multinational corporation (MNC), labour movements forged transnational representative bodies such as Global and European Trade Union Federations. Other bodies such as European Works Councils (EWCs) and board-level employee representation were established at the European level to foster worker participation.These democratic organisations have gained cooperative agreements with mostly European headquartered MNCs toward the protection of workers’ socio-economic interests around the world. Their experiments, accomplishments, and challenges inform contemporary social science and policy debates.Furthermore, coalitions of labour, community and corporate social responsibility interest groups work toward democratic inclusion and empowerment of workers in new industries with new organizational forms such as digital platforms and informal contract work with a very diverse workforce and opaque regulation.In a world of resurgent authoritarianism, these different forms of transnational labour organisations and collective actions face the particular challenge to enforce the outcome of negotiations and to establish proper organisational structures in authoritarian countries.This session invites research papers on contemporary efforts to build transnational networks, organisations and practices in order to foster social and labour rights as well as democratic participation in multinational companies and along global value chains.

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