On the notion of “workers’ control” in Marx and Marxists (1871-1917): a survey

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Abstract

The notion of “workers’ control” has been used to cover a wide range of phenomena, from limited workers’ supervision of working conditions to a full workers’ management of the social relation of production. Insofar as it is used within Marxism, the notion is utilized in this chapter in opposition to the most hegemonic forms of Marxism in the twentieth century to trace the conceptual genesis of a vision of communist society based on Marx’s notion of a “society of free and associated producers”. The chapter illustrates the extent to which the idea of “workers’ control” finds different expression in Marx and some of the Marxist theorists between 1871 and the February Revolution.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationKarl Marx’s Life, Ideas, and Influences
Subtitle of host publicationA Critical Examination on the Bicentenary
EditorsShaibal Gupta, Marcello Musto, Babak Amini
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Pages121-158
Number of pages38
ISBN (Electronic)9783030248154
ISBN (Print)9783030248147, 9783030248178
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 11 Oct 2019
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameMarx, Engels, and Marxisms
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
ISSN (Print)2524-7123
ISSN (Electronic)2524-7131

Keywords

  • workers' control
  • associated mode of production
  • Paris Commune
  • Marx
  • Marxism

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