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Consent and Control in the Authoritarian WorkplaceRussia and China Compared$
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Martin Krzywdzinski

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780198806486

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198806486.001.0001

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Theory and State of the Research

Theory and State of the Research

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(p.24) 2 Theory and State of the Research
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Consent and Control in the Authoritarian Workplace
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Martin Krzywdzinski

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198806486.003.0002

This chapter discusses the state of the current research on workplace consent in authoritarian states. It reviews the existing empirical studies of factory regimes in Russia and China and existing theories of workplace consent. The core of the chapter focuses on developing the theoretical approach used in the study. This approach centers on three consent-generation mechanisms: socialization, incentives, and participation. Taken together, these mechanisms are referred to as the factory regime. Based on the assumption that participation mechanisms are absent or underdeveloped in authoritarian societies, the chapter develops the thesis that, to generate consent and compensate for the lack of participation, authoritarian societies need to rely on very intensive organizational socialization processes (including social engineering) and material incentives.

Keywords:   consent, factory regimes, paternalism, labor process theory, Russia, China, employment relations

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