The transformation of work and industrial relations in the post-Soviet bloc: 25 years on from 1989

Upchurch, Martin ORCID:, Croucher, Richard, Danilovich, Hanna and Morrison, Claudio ORCID: (2015) The transformation of work and industrial relations in the post-Soviet bloc: 25 years on from 1989. Work, Employment and Society, 29 (3) . NP1-NP11. ISSN 0950-0170 (doi:10.1177/0950017014564006)

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The uprisings of 1989 in the Soviet sphere were momentous in their political impact. Examination of this prolonged transformation is timely. We progress from case study analysis of the workplace – important in the early stages of transformation – to reflective overviews which consider the accumulated experience of a quarter of a century of post communism. Our overview studies highlight, for example, aspects of gender difference within the frame of ‘winners and losers’. The commonalities of ‘state capture’ are revealed across the states and geographical differences emerge in post-communist ‘recovery’ which highlight processes of uneven and combined development. Finally we identify relationships between state, labour and capital which stand outside the economic prescribed orthodoxy and the expected convergence of East with West. Instead of convergence to liberal economic values and practices we find crony capitalism associated with clientelism and mafia crime forming the backdrop to institutional failure.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Published online before print March 6, 2015.
Keywords (uncontrolled): crony capitalism, industrial relations, organization of work, post-communism
Research Areas: A. > Business School > Leadership, Work and Organisations
Item ID: 15822
Notes on copyright: "The final, definitive version of this paper has been published in Work, Employment and Society, 29 (3), June 2015 by SAGE Publications Ltd, All rights reserved. © [The Author(s)]"
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Depositing User: Martin Upchurch
Date Deposited: 07 May 2015 15:15
Last Modified: 01 Aug 2019 12:49

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