Transfer stimulates dialogue between the European trade union movement and the academic and research community. It contributes research findings on issues of strategic relevance for trade unions, in particular with regard to developments at the European level. Transfer publishes original peer-reviewed research on issues such as new developments in industrial relations, social policy, and labour market developments.
Volume 22 Issue 1, February 2016
Democracy has been an integral part of bourgeois revolutions and the development of capitalist societies during the past 200 to 300 years. It is still a cornerstone of liberal ideology and still confined to the state or the political sphere in general. Socialist ideas, however – and especially those inspired by Marxist theories – have always claimed that the limitations of bourgeois rule and democracy should be overcome by a proletarian revolution, which should widen democracy to include everyone in society, as well as democracy in working life. This would also mean an end to the capitalist mode of production and profound social change.