'The Spirit Level' by Wilkinson and Pickett (2009) provides a serious critique of inequality and how it blights the lives of many people in high-income countries. Unfolding in two main sections, this paper initially outlines Wilkinson's thesis generally before focusing and initiating a debate on Wilkinson and Pickett's suggestion of economic democracy (increased employee control and participation) as a means to tackle inequality. The wider literature supports their assertion of the potential of economic democracy to do so. Two obstacles, employee's 'damaged' subjectivities and meaningful control, are subsequently identified as barriers, to realising meaningful economic democracy. A possible solution to these obstacles is provided by the work of Gardell (1982) on the AB Almex plant, where workers introduced a very robust form of economic democracy. The lessons from this period could prove instructive for any current or future debates on the relationships between equality, well-being and the workplace.
- Inderscience Publishers
- The Spirit Level, economic democracy and health inequalities
Mapping Europe`s environmental future: understanding the impacts of global megatrends at the ...
This report sets out the logic for identifying the implications of Global Mega Trends at the national, regional or European level, and aims to provide inspiration to EEA member and cooperating countries to undertake their own national studies. It describes the context and the reasons why understanding global trends is important, and sets out a suggested methodology for doing so. Environmental challenges of unprecedented scale and complexity In the 40 years since the emergence of European Union (EU) environmental...
The Next Generation of Level Control
Water is an essential resource for everyday life, and thus having a way to store and distribute water is of critical importance. Water storage tanks have been designed to compensate for varying water demands during high and low peak periods, as well as for firefighting, power outages and other emergency demands. There are many ways to store water in a distribution system, but what it all boils down to is the importance of the control system that ensures water storage is done right. It’s common...
To create meaningful change, apparel brands need to pursue sustainability at the industry level
In 2010, fresh out of college with a degree in economics, I began a new job as a corporate sustainability professional at a major apparel retailer. I was hopeful. The apparel industry was full of environmental problems and opportunities for major progress. At the time, Greenpeace had launched a Detox campaign directly linking textile manufacturing and water pollution, a claim confirmed by the industry’s most influential brands through their organization of Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals. The Natural...
Case study - Well monitoring for a water supplier
The municipality company, in city of Luebek, Germany, provides potable water for approximately 120,000 households, all pumped from more than 30 wells. These wells have water levels as deep as 160 meters. The water levels of these groundwater wells must be measured with the highest possible accuracy. Previously, the pressure probe`s analogue output signals (4…20mA) that had been used did not fulfill the required specifications and were replaced with OTT systems in 2014. The OTT Pressure Level Sensor was...
Landfill pumps for Gas well dewatering - Case Study
AutoPumps Keep the Power On for Thousands of Florida Homes Waste Management`s Springhill Regional Landfill near Campbellton, Florida generates "green" energy by extracting and burning the methane in landfill gas. Its $7 million landfill gas energy (LFGE) plant, with six large Caterpillar engines running 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, is capable of producing 4.8 million watts of power. Most of the energy goes to the Alabama Electric Cooperative for distribution to customers, enough to supply the electrical energy...