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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: The attitudinal legacy of communist labor relations
Authors: Blanchflower, David
Freeman, Richard
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Keywords: Communism
Labor Relations
Eastern Europe
Economic Change
Income Inequality
Labor Relations
Postcommunist Societies
Public Opinion
Issue Date: Apr-1997
Publisher: Industrial & Labor Relations Review
Citation: Blanchflower D & Freeman R (1997) The attitudinal legacy of communist labor relations, Industrial and Labor Relations Review, 50 (3), pp. 438-459.
Abstract: This study of workers' attitudes compares data from International Social Survey Programme (ISSP) surveys for former communist countries in Europe with ISSP data for Western countries over the period 1987-93, which covers the beginning of the transition to a market economy for the former communist countries. Consistent with their hypothesis that communist-run economies left an attitudinal "legacy," the authors find that the citizens of former communist countries evinced a greater desire for egalitarianism, less satisfaction with their jobs, and more support for strong trade unions and state intervention in the job market and economy than did Westerners. Over the course of the period studied, however, residents of the former communist European countries perceived sizable increases in occupational earnings differenltals, and they adjusted their views of the differentials that "ought to" exist in their economies in the direction of greater inequality.
Type: Journal Article
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Rights: Industrial and Labor Relations Review, Vol. 50, No. 3 (April 1997). © Cornell University
Affiliation: Economics
Harvard University

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