Democratizing Work after the Pandemic Speaker Series
The Economic Democracy Initiative (EDI), led by Bard College, is the Open Society University Network's collaborative program focusing on the structural determinants of economic insecurity. Its projects examine the connections between inequality, unemployment and poverty and the policy space and financing capacities of governments to address these challenges.
Organized and hosted by the OSUN Economic Democracy Initiative, this five-day workshop is for undergraduate students interested in public policy to tackle economic instability and insecurity, and in understanding the financing capacity and policy space available to governments to pursue these aims.
Progress on Democratizing the Corporate Firm in Spain
Online Event11:00 am – 12:30 pm EDT/GMT-4 March 22nd, 2023
4th installment in the #DemocratizingWork series
Progress on Democratizing the Corporate Firm in Spain
Time: 8am San Francisco | 9am Mexico City | 10am Bogota | 11am NYC-Montréal | 12pm Santiago | 4pm Paris | 5pm Johannesburg | 8.30pm New Delhi | 10pm Jakarta | 2am Sydney
Interpretation Spanish / English will be provided, thanks to Université Catholique de Louvain.
Organizers: #DemocratizingWork, Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha and European Trade Union Institute.
Speaker: Emma Rodríguez Rodríguez (Advisor to the State Secretary of Employment and Social Economy of the Spanish Labour Ministry and Professor of Labour and Social Security Law at Universidad de Vigo)
Discussants: Pr. Holm-Detlev Köhler (Professor of Sociology at the University of Oviedo), Mª Cruz Vicente (Confederal Secretary of Trade Union Action of Comisiones Obreras) and Bruno Estrada (President of Plataforma por la Democracia Económica).
Chaired by Sara Lafuente (researcher at the European Trade Union Institute). The webinar will be on Zoom, with the support of the OSUN Economic Democracy Initiative. Please register here.
Watch the recording! The recording of the 2nd webinar (January 25), “Assessing Global Progress in Advancing the Job Guarantee”, is available online.
The Spanish government has officially announced democracy at work as its third labour priority in view of its upcoming EU Presidency. This will expectedly translate the first principle of the Democratizing Work Manifesto into the concrete political agenda of the EU in the second semester of 2023.
This step echoes a recent debate on industrial democracy and workers participation that has been emerging in Spain in recent years. Spain was historically paradigmatic of Southern European countries where the common sense assumed that companies were to be controlled by their capital investors, and trade unions’ role was broadly limited to negotiate working conditions and wages via collective bargaining. Their possible influence, shared control and responsibility over concrete and strategic company policy in capitalist firms was, at best, approached with much scepticism even by the trade unions themselves.
It seems this common sense could be breaking and giving room to a more offensive and enlarged notion of democracy at work, beyond collective bargaining and trade union elections, that would dispute and challenge authoritarianism in firms’ government, and should contribute to enhance control and redistribute power towards workers ie. the labour investors of the firm and the economy. In this new context, it is discussed how a crucial, yet little-known, article of the Spanish Constitution (article 129) on worker participation rights, should be developed in legislation to secure a legal framework for worker participation in company boards.
This seminar will bring together relevant speakers from the Spanish Ministry of Labour, the academia, trade unions and civil society associations. They will present the state of play of this debate in Spain and the progress expected by the Labour Ministry on this area at national and EU level, then discuss how these proposals could be received, and with what implications, particularly for trade unions and workers at local level.
11:00 am – 12:30 pm EDT/GMT-4 Online Event
Wednesday, March 29, 2023
When Jobs Return: Results from Marienthal's Fight against Unemployment
Research-to-Action Lecture Series Blithewood10:30 am – 11:30 am EDT/GMT-4 Wednesday, March 29th 10:30 - 11:30 AM (hybrid event) Levy Economics Institute of Bard College Live stream at bit.ly/rta_lehner
The Economic Democracy Initiative Research-to-Action series brings scholars, policy makers, and activists into conversation with students to discuss pathways for meaningful social change. Lukas Lehner, of the Institute for New Economic Thinking at Oxford Martin School, will present the results from a study that evaluates a one-of a-kind job creation program in Marienthal, Austria. The pilot aims to eliminate long-term unemployment in the municipality and improve participants’ economic and social situation. The program was recently discussed in the New Yorker.
10:30 am – 11:30 am EDT/GMT-4 Blithewood
Monday, June 12, 2023 – Sunday, June 18, 2023
OSUN Summer Workshop in Public Finance and Economic Policy
2nd Annual Workshop Bard College Campus OSUN-EDI Summer Workshop Public Finance and Economic Policy June 12–18, 2023 Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson
***The 2023 application period is closed. We plan to announce the call for applications for the 2024 workshop in September 2023.***
The Open Society University Network (OSUN) welcomes undergraduate applications for its summer workshop in Public Finance and Economic Policy. Organized and hosted by the OSUN Economic Democracy Initiative (EDI), this eight-day workshop is for undergraduate students interested in public policy to tackle economic instability and insecurity, and in understanding the financing capacity and policy space available to governments to pursue these aims.