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Soviet Workers and the Collapse of Perestroika
The Soviet Labour Process and Gorbachev's Reforms, 1985–1991

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  • Date Published: March 2008
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521056533

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  • Soviet Workers and the Collapse of Perestroika is a comprehensive analysis of the role of labor policy in the development and ultimate collapse of Mikhail Gorbachev's reforms. Drawing on a wide range of sources, Filtzer argues that initially perestroika was designed to modernize the Soviet economy while keeping the existing political and property relations of society intact, requiring a thorough restructuring of the labor process within Soviet industry. He contends that the collapse of the USSR has brought the solution to this problem no nearer, and that post-Soviet capitalism is rooted in corruption and speculation and cannot ensure long-term economic growth.

    • The first book to offer a comprehensive analysis of the place of the labour process in the failure of Gorbachev
    • Draws on a wide variety of sources: interviews, factory newspapers, journals
    • Will be of interest to political scientists, sociologists, as well as Soviet and post-Soviet scholars and students
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "One may or may not share Filtzer's vision of a proletariat uniting society and forming collective bodies featuring worker self-management and political representation, but it is hard to see any other social force coming to the rescue. While the Marxist categories he employs have gone out of fashion among both Western and ex-Soviet social scientists, in his hands they retain a subtlety and depth that will be hard to match." Contemporary Sociology

    "...this lively, well-written book analyzes the role of labor policy during Gorbachev's reforms and painstakingly developes the reasons for their failure." B. B. Brown Jr., Choice

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    Product details

    • Date Published: March 2008
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521056533
    • length: 320 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.49kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: the roots and limits of perestroika
    1. Attempts to create a labour market: employment, unemployment, and the labour shortage
    2. Economic incentives: the disintegration of the 1986 wage reform
    3. Political incentives: enterprise 'democratization' and the emergence of worker protests
    4. 'Market mechanisms' and the breakdown of economic regulation
    5. The labour process under perestroika I: the politcal economy of working conditions
    6. The labour process under perestroika II: the failure of restructuring
    Conclusion: the demise of perestroika and the emergence of class conflict.

  • Author

    Donald Filtzer, University of East London

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