Title

Industrial Work And Political Participation: Beyond ''simple Spillover''

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

6-1-1996

Publication Title

Political Research Quarterly

Department

Sociology & Anthropology

Abstract

We suggest that the ''simple political spillover'' hypothesis that participation in decision making at work increases the probability of participating in politics outside the workplace-ought to be respecified in such a way that it takes into account (1) the possible differential effects on political participation of direct and representational forms of decisional participation at work; (2) the possibility that the pathway between workplace and political participation is mediated by the former's impact on psychological outlooks; and (3) the possibility that participation in decision making in economically troubled enterprises may diminish political participation. Using a sample of 1,247 workers from producer cooperative, employee stock ownership, conventional union, and conventional non-union wood products mills, we show that this more complex spillover model gives us a better understanding of the linkages between workplace and political experiences.

Volume

49

Issue

2

pp.

305-330

ISSN

1065-9129