Despite decades as the official 'ruling class,' labor has become a marginal social and political actor throughout Eastern Europe in the postcommunist era. Through a broad array of case studies, including such under-studied countries as Serbia, Croatia, Romania, Bulgaria, and Ukraine, the contributors provide the first detailed exploration of every facet of labor in the region. Examining the causes, extent, significance, and political implications of union weakness, the volume assesses the impact of labor debility on the consolidation of democracy in the region.
Stephen Crowley is associate professor of politics, Oberlin College. David Ost is professor of political science, Hobart and William Smith Colleges.
Chapter 1 Introduction: The Surprise of Labor Weakness in Post-Communist Society Chapter 2 Labor and Trade Unions in the Czech Republic, 1989-2000 Chapter 3 The Failure of Social-Democratic Unionism in Hungary Chapter 4 Neocorporatism in Slovakia: Formalizing Labor Weakness in a (Re)democratizing State Chapter 5 The Weakness of Symbolic Strength: Labor and Union Identity in Poland: 1989-2000 Chapter 6 Winning the Battles, Losing the War: Contradictions of Romanian Labor in the Post-Communist Transformation Chapter 7 Bulgarian Trade Unions in Transition: The Taming of the Hedgehog Chapter 8 The Cost of Nationalism: Croatian Labor, 1990 - 1999 Chapter 9 Waiting for the Workers: Explaining Labor Quiescence in Serbia Chapter 10 Workers and Unions in Postcommunist Ukraine Chapter 11 The Social Explosion That Wasn't: Labor Quiescence in Post-Communist Russia Chapter 12 Conclusion: Making Sense of Labor's Weakness in Poscommunism