English title: Learning about Democracy at Work: Cross-National Evidence on Individual Employee Voice Influencing Political Participation in Civil Society

Author(s): John W. Budd - J. Ryan Lamare - Andrew R. Timming -

Language: English

Type: Journal article

Year: 2018


Using European Social Survey data, this paper analyzes the extent to which individual autonomy and participation in decision-making at the workplace is linked empirically to individual political behaviors in civil society. The results are consistent with the hypothesis of “positive outward democratic spillover” from the workplace to the political arena, pointing to the possibility of a learning effect. In contrast with much of the literature that is limited to small samples in a single country, we analyze over 14,000 workers across 27 countries. The results do not appear to be driven by specific countries, which suggests that this is a general phenomenon across a variety of institutional contexts, although some features of a country’s electoral system moderate some of the results.

Volume: 71

Issue: 4

From page no: 956

To page no: 985

Refereed: Yes

DOI: 10.1177/0019793917746619

Journal: Industrial & labor relations review

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