Wage Distribution Fairness in Post-Socialist Countries: Situation and Socialization, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Wage Distribution Fairness in Post-Socialist Countries

Situation and Socialization, 1st Edition

By Zsófia Ignácz


270 pages | 52 B/W Illus.

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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.


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

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


About the Author

Zsófia S. Ignácz is a research associate and lecturer at the Chair of Macrosociology at the Freie Universität Berlin

About the Series

Studies in European Sociology

Europe is currently undergoing massive change. In the former Eastern Europe, societies are adapting to post-communist regimes and economies and facing the implications of war in the Balkans. In the west the increased integration of the European Union impacts on every aspect of legal, economic and political life. The whole of Europe is going through major transformations in terms of gender, race and class. This series published by Routledge with the European Sociological Association, provides a forum for sociological responses to these developments.    

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General