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Title: Participation as a Collusive Quarrel
Author(s): SIEVERS, Burkard
Journal: Ethical Perspectives
Volume: 3 Issue: 3 Date: October 1996
The following article has its basis in the respective chapter of my book entitled Work, Death, and Life Itself. In the present article I intend to elaborate the working hypothesis that the attempt to increase and extent participation in contemporary work enterprises can be understood more than ever before as a collusive quarrel between managers and workers about immortality. The quarrel has its roots in the widespread experience of the discrepancy between the vigour with which participation in organisations is demanded and offered on the one hand and the inadequacy and limitations on the other. Attempts to increase participation in a work enterprise are often confronted at an early stage with insoluble difficulties which too often lead to termination of the participation project.