The state, law and workers' participation policies in Zambia, 1969-1989 : a study of the origins and development of law and participation policy in a developing country
Beele, Ernest Muketoi (1991) The state, law and workers' participation policies in Zambia, 1969-1989 : a study of the origins and development of law and participation policy in a developing country. PhD thesis, University of Warwick.
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This thesis is a study of the origins and development of
law and workers' participation policies in Zambia from their
inception in 1969 to 1989. The research was focussed at three
levels of investigation: why was workers' participation
introduced; what factors have determined its development; and
whether the results suggest that state involvement, and the
use of law in particular, has made a useful contribution to
these industrial relations policies.
The value of the work is threefold. First, it makes a
modest but significant contribution to the understanding of
law and industrial relations in post-independence Zambia.
Second, it disputes and, in large measure, seeks to contradict
earlier explanations thought to have determined the origins
and development of participation policies in the country.
Third, it provides original insights into the 1971 and 1988
workers' participation legislation.
The methods of investigation have been largely historical
and comparative. It analysed primary and secondary materials,
supplemented by discussion interviews. Theoretical guidance
was drawn from critical studies of corporations, labour law
and industrial relations.
The study reveals that the origins of workers' participation
in Zambia is connected to the political objective in the 1960s
of assuring the participation of Zambians in the ownership and
management of the economy. Consequently, it argues that the
development of these policies is best understood in the
context of this origin as well as of the structures and
institutions upon which they were erected in the 1970s.
Turning to the assessment, it found that very little
industrial relations effects have been demonstrated. This was
partly a result of three interlocking factors. First, weak and
inconsistent laws. Second, the failure to develop the widest
possible consensus on participation policies. Third, the
absence of economic and political conditions under which the
confidence of managers and workers could be won towards state
|Item Type:||Thesis or Dissertation (PhD)|
|Subjects:||H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
K Law > KN Asia and Eurasia, Africa, Pacific Area, and Antarctica
|Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH):||Industrial relations -- Zambia -- History -- 20th century, Labor laws and legislation -- Zambia -- History -- 20th century, Management -- Employee participation -- Zambia -- History -- 20th century|
|Official Date:||August 1991|
|Institution:||University of Warwick|
|Theses Department:||School of Law|
|Supervisor(s)/Advisor:||Anderman, Steven D. ; Whelan, Christopher J.|
|Sponsors:||University of Zambia|
|Extent:||xvii, 427 p.|
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