Fairness of wage distribution – or the perception of such – is a phenomenon crucial for the stability of new democracies. While theories exist about how change of the political system trickles down to the attitudinal level, the systematic analysis of the effect of economic transition on public attitudes has been neglected to a large extent.
Wage Distribution Fairness in Post-Socialist Countries proposes a conceptual framework to measure the fairness of wage distribution. Indeed, looking particularly at wage distribution fairness in three post-socialist societies (Hungary, East Germany, Czech Republic) since the transition in 1989, this challenging monograph also aims to understand if, and to what extent, the experience of a socialist regime motivates individuals to consider wage distribution as fair.
Contributing to our understanding of the relevance of socialization and other situational factors influencing economic legitimacy, Wage Distribution Fairness in Post-Socialist Countries will appeal to undergraduate and postgraduate students, as well as postdoctoral researchers, interested in fields including: Sociology, Eastern European Studies and Political Economics.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 - Introduction
Part One – Conceptual Framework
Chapter 2 – A Historical Overview of Empirical Justice Research
Chapter 3 – Justice Profiles Developing a Measurement Tool for Wage Distribution Fairness
Part Two – Situation
Chapter 4 – The Influence of Contextual Situation
Chapter 5 – The Influence of Structural Situation
Chapter 6 – The Influence of Cultural Situation
Part Three – Socialization
Chapter 7 – The Influence of Socialization
Chapter 8 – Disentangling Situation and Socialization
Part Four – Outlooks
Chapter 9 – Wage Distribution Fairness as Economic Legitimacy
Chapter 10 – Conclusion
Appendix A – Methodology
Appendix B – Contextual Overview of Countries
Appendix C – Overview of Generations
Appendix D – Complimentary Methodological Tables
Zsófia S. Ignácz is a research associate and lecturer at the Chair of Macrosociology at the Freie Universität Berlin
This book offers a profound and comprehensive view on the legitimacy of the wage distribution system in the relevant and interesting settings of three post-socialist countries. It takes a novel approach in examining wage distribution fairness, by developing bi-dimensional justice profiles looking people’s evaluation of both wage rules and wage inequalities. Hereby Zsófia Ignácz contributes not only conceptually and empirically to our knowledge of the (sources of) fairness of an essential element of the economic system, but also inspires researchers to develop better conceptualizations of public opinion towards complex social phenomena. By focusing specifically on the role of socialization in wage distribution fairness, this book is definitely interesting for sociologists, and particularly those with an interest in social justice.
Femke Roosma PhD, Assistant Professor, Tilburg University, Netherlands