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The Transformation of Labour RelationsRestructuring and Privatization in Eastern Europe and Russia$
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John Thirkell, Krastyu Petkov, and Sarah Vickerstaff

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780198289791

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198289791.001.0001

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The Transformation of Labour Relations: Political and Economic Contexts

The Transformation of Labour Relations: Political and Economic Contexts

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(p.14) 2 The Transformation of Labour Relations: Political and Economic Contexts
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The Transformation of Labour Relations
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J. E. M. Thirkell

K. Petkov

S. A. Vickerstaff

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198289791.003.0002

The function of this chapter is to situate developments in labour relations in their broader national, political, and economic contexts. The scope for reform of the labour relations model is highly contingent upon the prevailing political and economic environment, although the influence is not all in one direction. A basic assumption behind neo-liberal models of ‘transition’ is that the change in regime to a liberal market model will result in the depoliticization of labour relations and the withdrawal of the state from enterprise administration and management. This chapter explores the validity of such assumptions. The first section aims to explain the nature of the Soviet model of labour relations and its dependence on the economic and political structures of the Soviet model of socialism. The second section aims to show how the development of political pluralism and the market economy has been influenced by the imposition of the neo-liberal model of economic transformation. The third section concludes by comparing the patterns of development in the different countries.

Keywords:   transition, enterprise administration, liberal market model, depoliticization, socialism, political pluralism, economic transformation

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