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Labor quiescence in post-Communist Russia


Crowley, Stephen (2000). Labor quiescence in post-Communist Russia. Oberlin College.


There is a paradox concerning labor in Russia. One constantly hears phrases like “social explosion” and even “revolution”. Yet despite conditions that are nearly catastrophic, there has been no social explosion, and a few dramatic exceptions aside, little sign that it is about to appear. This essay will address the question of why Russian workers have seemed so quiescent by looking at a number of possible explanations. It will then turn to the central question of trade unions in Russia in an attempt to understand their ineffectiveness to date. It will conclude with the prospects for Russian workers overcoming their difficult situations.


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Crowley, Stephen