Working through the Past: Labor and Authoritarian Legacies in Comparative Perspective (Hardback)
  • Working through the Past: Labor and Authoritarian Legacies in Comparative Perspective (Hardback)

Working through the Past: Labor and Authoritarian Legacies in Comparative Perspective (Hardback)

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Democratization in the developing and postcommunist world has yielded limited gains for labor. Explanations for this phenomenon have focused on the effect of economic crisis and globalization on the capacities of unions to become influential political actors and to secure policies that benefit their members. In contrast, the contributors to Working through the Past highlight the critical role that authoritarian legacies play in shaping labor politics in new democracies, providing the first cross-regional analysis of the impact of authoritarianism on labor, focusing on East and Southeast Asia, Eastern Europe, and Latin America. Legacies from the predemocratic era shape labor's present in ways that both limit and enhance organized labor's power in new democracies. Assessing the comparative impact on a variety of outcomes relevant to labor in widely divergent settings, this volume argues that political legacies provide new insights into why labor movements in some countries have confronted the challenges of neoliberal globalization better than others. Contributors: Graciela Bensusan, Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana-Xochimilco, Mexico; Teri L. Caraway, University of Minnesota; Adalberto Cardoso, State University of Rio de Janeiro; Ruth Berins Collier, University of California, Berkeley; Maria Lorena Cook, Cornell University; Stephen Crowley, Oberlin College; Volker Frank, University of North Carolina, Asheville; Mary E. Gallagher, University of Michigan; Marko Grdesic, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Jane Hutchison, Murdoch University, Australia; Yoonkyung Lee, Binghamton University; David Ost, Hobart and William Smith Colleges; Andres Schipani, University of California, Berkeley

Publisher: Cornell University Press
ISBN: 9780801453519
Number of pages: 296
Weight: 680 g
Dimensions: 235 x 156 x 23 mm


"Combining political, institutional, and economic perspectives, this volume produces a unique exploration of how the effects of authoritarian pasts change over time and vary across national contexts to produce a variety of outcomes for labor."

-- J. M. Burke * CHOICE *

"Working through the Past is an impressive book that grapples with labor's varied trajectories across different settings in Asia, Latin America, and Eastern Europe. This important volume covers a lot of ground in terms of the wide range of important cases analyzed. Yet there is a high degree of theoretical coherence across the chapters thanks to the common framework for tracking how authoritarian legacies can influence the evolution of labor relations. The result is a major scholarly contribution that can serve as a new baseline for anyone interested in labor politics in non-Western settings."

-- Rudra Sil, University of Pennsylvania, author of Managing "Modernity": Work, Community, and Authority in Late-Industrializing Japan and Russia

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