Workers’ Participation at Plant Level: Conflicts, Institutionalization Processes, and Roles of Social Movements

  • Manfred WannöffelEmail author


Manfred Wannöffel subsequently emphasizes the particular role of social movement processes concerning the institutionalization of workers’ participation at plant level. He pays particular attention to the role of social conflicts and the social practice of conflict solution as a driver for the process of institutionalization within three different cases including Germany, England, and the United States thereby drawing upon the methodological framework set by Anthony Giddens in his structuration theory. At the core of Giddens’ theory lies his thesis that structure and social action mutually mediate and constitute each other. As structure acts to influence and shape certain actions, it is exactly those actions that reshape the fundamental principles of structure. With that theory in mind, the chapter tries to find an answer to the question if and to what extent social movements can actually set in motion legal adjustments and how those legal adjustments eventually achieve social implementation. Overall, Wannöffel concludes that, despite of significant national differences, social movements are increasingly important in supporting conflict resolution strategies at plant level. Wannöffel points to the changes in the regulation and structuring of labor and participation opportunities, which have always been connected to deep social conflicts and social movement mobilization.


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  1. 1.Department of Social SciencesRuhr University BochumBochumGermany

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