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Collective Capital Formation for Economic Democracy ; the Fordist History in Germany and Sweden and the Post-fordist future

mardi 16 mai 2006, par Stefan Sjöberg

The article analyses the German and Swedish experiences of elaborating collective capital formation as a strategy for economic democracy. It stresses how the original Swedish wage-earner funds (WEF), to a large extent were influenced by proposals for capital formation funds that had already been elaborated in Germany. The original WEFs should be considered as a socialist strategy aiming to transform the power and property relations in order to achieve economic democracy. The WEF struggle resulted in a hegemonic turning-point ; up to this point Swedish social democracy had for decades strengthened its power position, but the WEF struggle meant that the bourgeois actors managed to unite as a hegemonic force which have had important consequences for the development afterwards. To understand the origin and decline of the plans for collective capital formation in Germany and Sweden, the analysis needs to take into account the transformation from a Fordist to a Post-fordist mode of production. This transformation has important implications regarding the possibilities for the labour movement to once again work out strategies of collective capital formation for economic democracy, e.g. trade union pension funds.

Keywords : collective capital formation, economic democracy, wage-earner funds, pension funds, hegemony, Post-fordism, Marxism

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    "Collective Capital Formation for Economic Democracy ; the Fordist History in Germany and Sweden and the Post-fordist future"

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