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Title: Declining autonomy at work in the EU and its effect on civic behaviour
Authors: Lopes, H.
Calapez, T.
Lagoa, S.
Keywords: Work autonomy;
civic behavior;
work organization;
welfare regimes.
Issue Date: 3-Aug-2012
Series/Report no.: DINÂMIA'CET - WP - Working Papers
Abstract: The aim of this paper is to show that social benefits may accrue from work environments that support autonomous forms of work. Based on social psychology, economics and philosophy approaches, we argue that autonomy is a basic human need which, when satisfied, enhances civic behavior. Using individual data from the EWCS, we find evidence of the positive effect of work autonomy on volunteer work and political/trade union activities. Overall, work autonomy has decreased over the last fifteen years for all skill levels in the EU, though there are substantial differences between countries. Organizational practices that promote autonomy should be deliberately stimulated if civic participation is to be furthered.
Peer reviewed: Sim
Appears in Collections:DINÂMIA'CET-WP - Working papers com arbitragem científica

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