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Democratic Participation in Industrial Organisation: A Review of British Colonial Influence on Nigeria Industrial Relations

Author Affiliations

  • 1 Department of Sociology, University of Calabar, P.M.B. 1115 cCalabar, Cross River State, NIGERIA
  • 2 Chief Productivity Research Officer, National Productivity Centre, Cross River State Office – Calabar

Int. Res. J. Social Sci., Volume 3, Issue (8), Pages 57-60, August,14 (2014)


The paper deals with democratic participation in industrial organisation. The focus of such participation was on the workers and their associations. Two dimensions of democratic participation were examined in terms of participation in decision making and workers elective representation. The paper also presented a brief highlight of Nigeria Industrial Relations as a product of British colonial heritage. The Marxist analysis of industrial unionism was reviewed to provide a theoretical standpoint. The paper considers democratic participation as the very basis of industrial democracy, and recommended that modern organisation should embrace industrial democracy to ginger employee responsiveness and increased workers’ productivity.


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