Rotation & Lottery. A Democratic Decision Making Mechanism for Workers’ Co-operatives Conall Boyle Economics Department Swansea University. R & L in 3 rd World. Fisheries eg Kerala, S India— padu Strip farming, Scotland— runrig. Ancient oddities, no relevance?.
A Democratic Decision Making Mechanism for Workers’ Co-operatives
Ancient oddities, no relevance?
On Cavilling day, hewers' names would be drawn out of the foreman's hat, the order of draw determining the place at which each pair of hewers would extract coal for the next three months.
–sustained (despite alternatives):
Adds to the credibility of R & L in use
Why are workers co-operatives so rare?
NBER Working paper 6118
“greed is good”
Co-op = democracy
Median voter choose to compress wages diffs
Best workers leave
Mistrust & disputatiousness
Answer: neutral arbiter.An Economist’s view of workers Co-ops
Inter-personal values of fairness matter, have a value (£)
Explains why the Cavil worked
Rational self-interest always significant, but
Reciprocity, esp within groups recognised
Don’t wish to see fellow workers lose out
Lottery: all treated equally and impartiallyEconomics recognises life