This book, originally published in 1999, provided the first comparative, in-depth analysis of workplace relations in east and west Germany. The collapse of communism and the ensuing process of reform means that East Germany provides a particularly interesting case, having experienced rapid and radical political and economic transformation, and representing an historically outstanding experiment of the shifting of an entire social system onto a different society. This book examines the success of the institutional transfer of west German labour organisations into east Germany workplaces and addresses central questions such as : Can capitalist labour institutions be imposed on a former communist workforce? What conditions determine the success or failure of these institutions? Can 'social partnership/ between capital and labour be learned?
1. Introduction 2. Workplace Relations in the Former Socialist GDR Part 1: The Institutional Setting: Transformation of Workplace Relations in East Germany 3. Transforming Socialist Workplace Relations: Co-operation or Subservience? 4. Social Partnership in the East German Clothing Industry 5. Transformation at Enterprise Level: The Case of Bodywear Part 2: the Cultural Embeddedness of New Labour Institutions in the East 6. Workers' Attitudes in Post-Socialist East Germany 7. methodology fo the Union Membership Surveys in the East and West German Clothing Industry 8. Collective Commitment in the East and West Part 3: Explaining Post-Socialist Participation in Collective Activities 9. Theories of Participation in Collective Activities 10. Determinants of Union Membership Participation in the East and West. Conclusion