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A Russian Factory Enters the Market Economy

1st Edition

By Claudio Morrison


248 pages

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This book charts the experiences of a textile enterprise in Russia during the 1990s, analysing post-Soviet management and managerial practices in order to illuminate the content, nature and direction of industrial restructuring in the Russian privatised sector during the years of economic transition. Based on extensive factory-level fieldwork, it focuses upon changes in ownership, management and labour organisation, unveiling the complex texture of social, communal and gender relations in the workplace over an extended period of time, including through crisis and bankruptcy, acquisition by new capitalist owners and attempted restructuring. It argues, contrary to dominant Western managerial theories which blame the failure of transition on the irrationality of Russian managerial strategies, that the rationale for the continued reliance on Soviet era managerial practices lay in the peculiar form of social relations in the workplace which were characteristic of the Soviet system. It engages with key issues, often neglected in the literature, such as social domination, power and conflict, that capture the problematic and open-ended character of social and economic transformation in post-Soviet production. It demonstrates that far from a simple transition to a market economy, the post-Soviet transition has reproduced most of the features of the old Soviet system, including its patterns of labour relations.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction 2. The Struggle for Access: Exposing the Centrality of Personal Relationships 3. Transition and the Soviet Legacy: Western Ideology and Soviet Reality 4. A World of Textiles: The Market, the Industry and the Enterprise 5. Structures and Strategies in Transition 6. The Consequences of Outsider’s Control 7. Controlling Workers: The Policy of Productivity in Transition 8. Labour and Technological Discipline 9. Conclusions

About the Author

Claudio Morrison is a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Sociology, at the University of Warwick, where he completed his PhD. His research interests include labour relations, organisational change and enterprise management. He has published articles on these issues in leading journals, including Europe-Asia Studies, Post-Communist Economies and Research in Economic Anthropology.

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Routledge Contemporary Russia and Eastern Europe Series

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Economic History
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Free Enterprise
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / International / Economics
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies