Lexicon for the Provisional Future(s)


(Workers’) Self-management

August 31st, 2007

In general terms, self-management is a set of methods by which individuals or groups effectively and efficiently direct their own activities toward the achievement of certain goals. As it goes hand in hand with neo-liberal market economy and its ideology of individualization, it is encouraged as a super efficient and cheap performance mode.
Workers’ self-management (radničko samoupravljanje) is a specific organizational model of economics where workers have decision-making power. It cancels the division between those who make decisions and those who execute them, those who produce and those who decide upon the product(ion). Autogestion was conceptualized first by P.J. Proudhon in 19th century. In 20th century, it was developed in Spain (fábrica recuperada movement) and in SFRYugoslavia (as official model of cooperative socialist economy), and partly also in some other contexts (in France, Algeria, USA, etc.) (more…)