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The Politics of Labor in a Global Age: Continuity and Change in Late-Industrializing and Post-Socialist Economies

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Edited by: Christopher Candland, Rudra Sil

ISBN13: 9780199241149
ISBN: 0199241147
Published: August 2002
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback
Price: £55.00



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The Politics of Labor in a Global Age is one of the first works to analyse and compare recent shifts in patterns of industrial relations across late-industrializing and post-socialist economies. The volume features original and timely essays on labor relations at national, local, and workplace levels, as economic and politicla actors cope with the similar challenges associated with economic adjustment measures and the impact of 'globalization'. The authors reveal that while;globalization has threatened the position of organized labor and prompted business and state elites to accommodate greater labor market flexibility, the legacies of past institutions remain evident in destinctive trends in labor politics within and across late-industrializing and post-socialist settings. The;comparisons suggest that globalization is best understood not as a source of covergence but as a set of common pressures that are mediated by specific historical inheritances, that spur varied responses on the part of industrial relations actors, and that facilitate quite diverse institutional outcomes.

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Contents:
INTRODUCTION; 1. The politics of labor in late-industrializing and post-socialist economies: new challenges in a global age
PART I. LABOR IN LATE-INDUSTRIALIZING ECONOMIES; 2. Partisan loyalty and union competition: macroeconomic adjustment and industrial restructuring in Mexico; 3. The cost of incorporation: labor institutions, industrial restructuring, and new trade union strategies in India and Pakistan; 4. Network ties and labor flexibility in Brazil and Mexico: a tale of two automobile factories; 5. Globalization, social partnership and industrial relations in Ireland; 6. Globalization and the paradigm shift in Japanese industrial relations
PART II. LABOR IN POST-SOCIALIST ECONOMIES; 7. Transition, globalization, and changing industrial relations in China; 8. Privatization, Labor Politics, and the Firm in Post-Soviet Russia: Non-Market Norms, Market Institutions and the Soviet Legacy; 9. Globalization in one country: East Germany between moral economy and political economy; 10. Corporatist renaissance in postcommunist Central Europe?; CONCLUSION; Institutional legacies and the transformation of labor: late-industrializing and post-socialist economies in comparative-historical perspective