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What leads to successful workplace democracy — over the long-term? To answer that question, the author examined over 50 cases, in 15 different countries, covering a century of experience. The companies ranged from completely worker-owned and -controlled firms on the one hand, to partial but significant participation by employees in the management of privately-owned, community-owned, or state-owned enterprises, on the other.

That comparison revealed six components to be absolutely essential for employees to exercise meaningful power over the long-term in managing their companies. This book identifies and describes those essential components in depth, shows the variety of forms they can take when successful, and explains how they must function in order to enable the long-term success of democratic management.