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Endless patience: explaining Soviet and post-Soviet social stability

Ashwin, Sarah (1998) Endless patience: explaining Soviet and post-Soviet social stability. Communist and Post-Communist Studies, 31 (2). pp. 187-198. ISSN 0967-067X

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Identification Number: 10.1016/S0967-067X(98)00006-3


Various arguments have been put forward to explain the social stability of the post-Stalin era, in particular theories of a "social contract", "incorporation" or "atomisation". This article argues that all these theories have been cast into serious doubt by the response of workers to the reforms of the post-communist era and proposes an alternative view of the integration of workers which centres on the social organisation of the traditional Soviet enterprise. It goes on to show the way in which the form of workers' relation to the labour collective has structured their behaviour during the transition era.

Item Type: Article
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Additional Information: © 1998 The Regents of the University of California
Divisions: Management
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DK Russia. Soviet Union. Former Soviet Republics
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HX Socialism. Communism. Anarchism
Date Deposited: 06 Sep 2011 08:39
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2024 00:27

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