Soviet Workers and the Collapse of Perestroika: The Soviet Labour Process and Gorbachevs Reforms, 1985-1991 by Donald FiltzerSoviet Workers and the Collapse of Perestroika: The Soviet Labour Process and Gorbachevs Reforms, 1985-1991 by Donald Filtzer

Soviet Workers and the Collapse of Perestroika: The Soviet Labour Process and Gorbachevs Reforms…

byDonald Filtzer

Paperback | March 1, 2008

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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.
Title:Soviet Workers and the Collapse of Perestroika: The Soviet Labour Process and Gorbachevs Reforms…Format:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 9.02 × 5.98 × 0.71 inPublished:March 1, 2008Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521056535

ISBN - 13:9780521056533

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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.

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"...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