Handbook of the Politics of Labour, Work and Employment
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Handbook of the Politics of Labour, Work and Employment

Edited by Gregor Gall

Providing a thorough overview of the political nature and dynamics of the world of work, labour and employment, this timely Handbook draws together an interdisciplinary range of top contributors to explore the interdependent relationship between politics and labour, work and employment. The Handbook explores the purpose, roles, rights and powers of employers and management, workers and unions, states and governments in the age of globalised neo-liberalism.
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Chapter 12: Who manages the managers?

Graham Sewell

Abstract

This chapter examines radical, liberal and more recent critical treatments of the changing role of management as it has striven to establish its professional bona fides from the early modern period onwards. It then considers the interesting possibility that managers now stand on the threshold of subjugating the very professions they once aspired to emulate. It ends by reconsidering the future prospects of allegedly failed forms of organisation - for example, workers’ cooperatives, kibbutzim and other syndicalist approaches - that consciously eschewed notions of hierarchical managerial control without totally rejecting capitalism.

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