Workers’ Self-Management in Argentina: Contesting Neo-Liberalism by Occupying Companies, Creating Cooperatives, and Recuperating Autogestión - CLEO Skip to main content


In Workers ‘ Self-Management in Argentina, Marcelo Vieta homes in on the emergence and consolidation of Argentina’s empresas recuperadas por sus trabajadores (ERTs or worker-recuperated enterprises), a workers ‘ occupy movement that surged at the turn-of-the-millennium in the thick of the country ‘s neoliberal crisis. Since then, around 400 companies have been taken over and converted to cooperatives by almost 16,000 workers. Grounded in class-struggle Marxism and a critical sociology of work, the book situates the ERT movement in Argentina ‘s long tradition of working-class activism and the broader history of workers ‘ responses to capitalist crisis. Beginning with the voices of the movement ‘s protagonists, Vieta ultimately develops a compelling social theory of autogestión–a politically prefigurative and ethically infused notion of workers ‘ self-management that unleashes radical social change for work organizations, surrounding communities, and beyond.

This book was recognized with a Joyce Rothschild Book Prize Honorable Mention. View the acceptance speech by author Marcelo Vieta below: