Editors: Francesco Garibaldo & Volker Telljohann
The EMF hosts a book launch on 9 March 2011 at 17H00-19H00 at the EMF Secretariat in Brussels.

Agenda for the evening:
 After an introduction by Dr. Norbert Kluge, coordinator of the European Works Council at ThyssenKrupp in Essen/Germany, the book will be presented and discussed by the authors Valeria Pulignano (University of Leuven), Volker Telljohann (IRES Emilia-Romagna) and Francesco Garibaldo (IRES Emilia-Romagna). The floor is then opened for a debate, which is lead by Bela Galgocz at the ETUI, after which a light buffet is served.

Book synopsis

Participation is a social process, which is basically part of an exchange relationship. Thus, it is principally pluralist and ambiguous in its meaning. As a consequence, the reconciliation of voices needs innovative approaches to support balanced participation experiences. The ambivalent character of participation intends to provide a look at new initiatives in the various fields of workplace participation.
Leading international scholars examine the role of institutional contexts for participation, the development of new forms of interest organisation as well as the relationship between organisational performance, participation practices and quality of working life.
The contributions are not limited to taking stock of new experiences in the field of workplace participation, but also contribute to designing a new research agenda.