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Labour Managed Firms and Post-Capitalism

1st Edition

By Bruno Jossa


250 pages

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Marx claims that unselfishness is a child of (workplace) culture, whereas the gene is selfish. If Marx is right then the prerequisite for overthrowing capitalism is a system which both leverages selfishness and creates solidarity between workers. This book illustrates and discusses the major points of the economic theory of producer cooperatives, its evolution since the 1950s, and links with Marxian theory.

Labour Managed Firms and Post-Capitalism, most importantly, demonstrates that a system of producer cooperatives offers a wealth of advantages compared to capitalism. There is general agreement that the main benefit of this form of economic democracy is that people who are allowed to freely pursue their interests are happier than those acting on somebody else’s instruction. The author argues that a system of democratic firms would eradicate classical (high-wage) unemployment and scale down both Keynesian and structural unemployment levels. He also shows that a system of producer cooperatives literally reverses the capital-labour relationship typical of capitalism and that its establishment can consequently be looked upon as a revolution.

This volume is of great interest to academics, lecturers and researchers with an interest in Marxism, political economy and industrial economics, as well as economic theory and philosophy.

Table of Contents


1 Historical materialism and democratic firm management

2 A system of producer cooperatives

3 Democratic firm management and socialism

4 More advantages of a system of democratic firms

5 Unemployment in a system of producer cooperatives

6 Democratic socialism and income distribution

7 Cooperative firms as a new mode of production

8 An in-depth analysis of the links between producer cooperativesn and socialism

9 Self-driven economic growth and Darwinism

10 The democratic firm and the transition to socialism

11 Corporate limited liability as a springboard for socialism

12 The democratic firm and ‘passive revolution’

13 A few reflections on the reasons why cooperative firms have failed to gain a firm foothold

14 Democratic firm management and the role of the State in capitalism versus socialism

About the Author

Bruno Jossa has held teaching posts at the Universities of Pescara, Messina, Venice and Naples. He is a co-founder of the Associazione italiana per lo studio dei sistemi economici comparati, an association which he chaired in 1992-93. From 1994 to 2005 he was Chairman of the Associazione per la collaborazione tra gli economisti di lingue neolatine. Prizes received by Professor Jossa include the V ISTECOR European Culture Award (1991), the ‘Saint Vincent’ Award (1998) and, in 2011, the F. Nitti gold medal of the Accademia dei Lincei.

About the Series

Routledge Frontiers of Political Economy

In recent years, there has been widespread criticism of mainstream economics. This has taken many forms, from methodological critiques of its excessive formalism, to concern about its failure to connect with many of the most pressing social issues. This series provides a forum for research which is developing alternative forms of economic analysis. Reclaiming the traditional 'political economy' title, it refrains from emphasising any single school of thought, but instead attempts to foster greater diversity within economics.

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Economics / General
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Economics / Theory