Over a quarter of a century after the fall of the Berlin Wall and 10 years after their accession to the European Union (EU), Central and Eastern Europe Countries (CEECs) still show marked differences with the rest of Europe in the fields of labour, work and industrial relations. This book presents a detailed and original analysis of labour and social transformations in the CEECs.
By examining a wide range of countries in Central Europe, Labour and Social Transformation in Central and Eastern Europe offers a comprehensive and contrasting view of labour developments in Central and Eastern Europe. Chapters explore three related issues. The first deals with the understanding of the complex process of Europeanization applied in the sphere of labour, employment and industrial relations. The second issue refers to the attempt to link the Europeanization approach with an analysis mobilizing the theoretical concept of "dependent capitalism(s)". The third issue refers to the cumulative trends of labour weakening and labour awakening that has emerged, in particular in the aftermath of the crisis beginning in 2007-2008.
This book will be of interest to academics, policy makers and stakeholders at European and national level in the EU member states.
Table of Contents
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Notes on Contributors
- Introduction: Revisiting the Transition: Labour Markets, Work and Industrial Relations in the New Europe
- The Limits of Europeanization in Central Europe: A Critical Perspective on Property Rights, Banking Capital, and Industrial Relations
- Dependent Capitalism and Employment Relations in East Central Europe
- Institutional Transition, Power Relations and the Development of Employment Practices in Multinational Companies operating in Central and Eastern Europe
- Segmented capitalism in Hungary: diverging or converging development paths?
- Migration and Remittances in the Central and East European Countries
- The Fate of the ‘Hard’ and ‘Soft’ Acquis communautaires in the New Member States
- The European Social Fund in Poland: a Tool for Europeanization and the Redistribution of Power between Domestic Actors
- Trade union influence in Eastern and Central Europe, the example of the Czech Republic
- Building and Reshaping Social Dialogue in the CEECs: from Formal Europeanisation to New Dependencies and Contingencies in Bulgaria and Romania
- Expansion of Higher Education and Graduate Employability: Data and Insights from Central and Eastern Europe
- Between Commitment and Indifference. Trade Unions, Young workers and the Expansion of Precarious Employment in Poland
Violaine Delteil and Vassil Kirov
Part I. Dependent Capitalisms and Labour changes
Jan Drahokoupil and Martin Myant
Ilona Hunek and John Geary
Csaba Makó and Miklós Illéssy
Part II. Formal Dependencies and informal resistances to the Europeanisation of labour and IR models
Violaine Delteil and Vassil Kirov
Pepka Boyadjieva and Petya Ilieva-Trichkova
Adam Mrozowicki, Mateusz Karolak and Agata Krasowska
"The book is a real contribution to the comparative analysis of the transformation and Europeanisation of the median European economies. The analysis of the paradox of the European multinational companies (unlike the Asian ones), vectors of the dependency but also promoters of relatively more advanced industrial relations, is particularly original."
Bernard Chavance, Université Paris Diderot, Revue d’études comparatives Est-Ouest (RECEO)