The arguments of the debates on German codetermination[Research paper] by Fabien Hildwein


The author was part of the “Alternative Management” third year program in HEC in 2010. He now prepares a PhD.

Codetermination is a form of corporate governance particular to Germany in which employees are represented in the supervisory board and in the work councils. Employees thus have certain rights (ranging from the right of information to the right to take part in decisions) on economic and social issues in their firm. Since 1945, three great debates have taken place regarding co-determination in Germany. Each of these took place at a particular historical time and led to an important law on codetermination. Each debate has brought arguments advocating or attacking different forms of codetermination, depending on its political, social and ideological context. Each debate also had a different structure, depending on the role played by institutions at the time and on the period’s dominant critique of capitalism. This dissertation is a synthesis of these debates and these arguments.

Quote article  Fabien Hildwein, « The arguments of the debates on German codetermination », 23 june 2011, Alternative Management Observatory (AMO), [Research paper]

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