Article Title

Successor Unions in Transitional Economies: Evidence from St. Petersburg

Type of Work

Article

Date

10-1995

Journal Title

Industrial and Labor Relations Review

Journal ISSN

0019-7939

Journal Volume

49

Journal Issue

1

First Page

39

Last Page

57

DOI

10.1177/001979399504900103

Abstract

This study of successor unions to the official unions in the former U.S.S.R., which uses data from 1992-93 field work and surveys of union leaders, demonstrates that, contrary to the claims of some observers, successor unions are capable of reform. Compared to the old unions, the successor unions examined in this study were more decentralized and democratic, place more emphasis on job-related concerns, and had leaders with more varied profiles and compensation. The author finds no relationship between leaders' membership in the Communist Party and either their political beliefs or the probability of their being newly elected leaders. Union membership was far higher in successor unions than in the new, alternative unions. Tempering these indications of reformation, however, is some evidence of institutional inertia and persistence of privilege in the successor unions.

Notes

JEL Classification: J51

Hamilton Areas of Study

Economics

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