Joyce Rothschild

Joyce Rothschild

Joyce Rothschild

Dr. Rothschild has conducted two major research programs, and is widely published in each. For a list of selected publications, see Books. In her first research program, she examined the prospects for developing non-hierarchical and cooperative organizations at the community level. These are organizations that aspire to being consensus-oriented and participatory democratic in their decisional structures and egalitarian in their relations. About such organizations, Dr. Rothschild has developed a theory of the “collectivist-democratic” organization that is grounded in comparative examination of such organizations and that proposes nine conditions that allow such organizations to flourish. In her second research program, Dr. Rothschild investigates the opposite of the open and participatory organization: She studies the processes within bureaucratic workplaces that give rise to managerial secrecy and misconduct, focusing especially on the dissent and the acts of whistleblowing this sometimes engenders. Rothschild’s research on managerial retaliation against the whistleblowers has been published in many academic journals and featured in many popular magazines and newspapers around the country.
B.A., University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 1970. With highest honors; James Scholar; Phi Beta Kappa.

Ph.D., Sociology, University of California, Santa Barbara, 1977
Selected Refereed Books & Articles:
(sole authored by Joyce unless otherwise indicated)

Pertaining to a cooperative economy & the collectivist-democratic form of organization:

”How Participatory Democratic Decision-Making has Evolved in Local Level Organizations.”  Forthcoming 2018 in Handbook of Community and Local Organizations, Springer Publ.
The Logic of a Cooperative Economy and Democracy 2.0: Recovering the prospects for social solidarity.” The Sociological Quarterly 57 (1): (Winter 2016): 7-35.

Co-operative Workplaces, Collaborative Communities: An introduction to economic self-help and mutual aid,” International Journal of Self-Help and Self Care 6:2 (2012): 121-127.

Worker Cooperatives and Social Enterprises: A Forgotten Route to Social Equity and Democracy.” American Behavioral Scientist, volume 52, number 7 (March 2009): 1023-1041.

The Meaning of Democracy in Non-profit and Community Organizations: Charting the Currents of Change.” (with Max Stephenson). American Behavioral Scientist, volume 52, number 6 (February 2009): 800- 806.

Avoid, Talk or Fight: Alternative Cultural Strategies in the Battle against Oligarchy in Collectivist-Democratic Organizations”. (With Darcy Leach). Pp. 346-361 in Handbook on Community Movements and Local Organizations. Ram Cnaan and Carl Milofsky (Editors). New York: Springer , LLC, 2007.

Can Collectivist-Democracy Bring Gender Equality? The efforts at Twin Oaks.” (with Amy Tomchin). Research in the Sociology of Work, volume 16 (2006): 239-262.

Creating a Just and Democratic Workplace: More Engagement, Less Hierarchy”. Contemporary Sociology, volume 29, number 1, (January 2000): 195-213.

Obscuring but not Reducing Managerial Control: Does TQM Measure up to Democracy Standards?” (with Marjukka Ollilainen). Economic and Industrial Democracy, volume 20 (November 1999): 583-624.

Alternatives to Bureaucracy: Democratic Participation in the Economy”. (with Raymond Russell). Annual Review of Sociology, Volume 12 (1986): 307- 328.

Worker-Owners as an Emergent Class: Effects of Cooperative Work on Job Satisfaction,Alienation and Stress.” (with J. Allen Whitt). Economic & Industrial Democracy, Volume 7, No. 3 (1986): 297-317.

Who Will Benefit from ESOPs?Labor Research Review, Volume 6 (Spring 1985): 70-80.

Worker Ownership: Collective Response to an Elite-generated Crisis.” Research in Social Movements, Conflict and Change, Volume 6 (1984): 167-194. JAI Press.

There’s more than one way to run a democratic enterprise: Self- Management from the Netherlands.” Sociology of Work and Occupations. volume 8 (May 1981): 201-223.

The Collectivist Organization: An Alternative to Rational Bureaucratic Models.” American Sociological Review, volume 44 (August 1979): 509-527.


Pertaining to Whistleblowing & Organizational Retaliation:

The Fate of Whistleblowers in Non-Profit Organizations.” Non-profit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, 42:5 (October 2013): 886-901.

Freedom of Speech Denied, Dignity Assaulted: What whistleblowers experience in the U.S.” Current Sociology, volume 56: 6 (November 2008): 884-903.

Whistleblower Disclosures and Management Retaliation: The Battle to Control Information about Organizational Corruption”. (with Terry Miethe). Work and Occupations, Volume 26, Number 1 (February 1999): 107-128.

Disclosing Misconduct in Work Organizations: An Empirical Analysis of the Situational Factors that Foster Whistleblowing.” (with Terry Miethe). Research in the Sociology of Work, Volume 8 (1999): 211-227. Greenwich, CT: JAI Press.

Whistleblowing: A Selected Bibliography”. In Courage Without Martydom. Published by the Government Accountability Project, Washington, D.C., 1994.

Whistleblowing as Resistance in Modern Work Organizations: The Politics of Revealing Organizational Deception and Abuse”. Pp. 252-273 in Resistance and Power in Organizations: Agency, Subjectivity and the Labor Process, Eds., John Jermier, Walter Nord and David Knights. London: Routlege, Kegan Publishers, 1994.

Books on cooperative enterprises & organizational democracy:

The Cooperative Workplace: Potentials and Dilemmas of Organizational Democracy and Participation. (With J. Allen Whitt). Cambridge University Press, 1986. 200 pp. Paperback edition 1989. Spanish language editon 1991. Winner of the C. Wright Mills Book Award, 1987.

Workplace Democracy and Social Change. (Edited with Frank Lindenfeld). Boston: Porter Sargent Publ., 1982. 447 pp.

 Democracy 2.0. Guest Editor, special issue of The Sociological Quarterly 57:1 (Winter 2016). 203 pp.

Economic Self-Help and Mutual Aid. Guest Editor, special issue of International Journal of Self-Help and Self-Care 6:2 (November 2012): 119-223.

Democracy at a Crossroads: Acknowledging deficiencies, encouraging engagement. With Max Stephenson, guest editors, special issue of American Behavioral Scientist, volume 52, number 7 (March 2009): 955-1108.

The Centrality of Values, Passions and Ethics in the Nonprofit Sector. With Carl Milofsky, guest editors, special issue of Nonprofit Management and Leadership, Volume 17, number 2 (Winter 2006): 135-237. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Gender and Organizational Life. With Celia Davies, guest editors, special issue of Human Relations, volume 47, number 6 (June 1994). 171 pp. London: Plenum Press.