Edited volume

Violaine Delteil, Vassil Nikolaev Kirov (eds.) (2016)

Labour and Social Transformation in Central and Eastern Europe: Europeanization and beyond

Publishing house Routledge
Place of publication Warszawa
Page references 252
Series Routledge Studies in the European Economy
Language English

ISBN: 978-1138927995

Over a quarter of a century after the fall of the Berlin Wall and 10 years after their accession to the European Union (EU), Central and Eastern Europe Countries (CEECs) still show marked differences with the rest of Europe in the fields of labour, work and industrial relations. This book presents a detailed and original analysis of labour and social transformations in the CEECs.

By examining a wide range of countries in Central Europe, Labour and Social Transformation in Central and Eastern Europe offers a comprehensive and contrasting view of labour developments in Central and Eastern Europe. Chapters explore three related issues. The first deals with the understanding of the complex process of Europeanization applied in the sphere of labour, employment and industrial relations. The second issue refers to the attempt to link the Europeanization approach with an analysis mobilizing the theoretical concept of "dependent capitalism(s)". The third issue refers to the cumulative trends of labour weakening and labour awakening that has emerged, in particular in the aftermath of the crisis beginning in 2007-2008.

This book will be of interest to academics, policy makers and stakeholders at European and national level in the EU member states.

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Notes on Contributors

  1. Introduction: Revisiting the Transition: Labour Markets, Work and Industrial Relations in the New Europe
  2. Violaine Delteil and Vassil Kirov

    Part I. Dependent Capitalisms and Labour changes

  3. The Limits of Europeanization in Central Europe: A Critical Perspective on Property Rights, Banking Capital, and Industrial Relations
  4. François Bafoil

  5. Dependent Capitalism and Employment Relations in East Central Europe
  6. Jan Drahokoupil and Martin Myant

  7. Institutional Transition, Power Relations and the Development of Employment Practices in Multinational Companies operating in Central and Eastern Europe
  8. Ilona Hunek and John Geary

  9. Segmented capitalism in Hungary: diverging or converging development paths?
  10. Csaba Makó and Miklós Illéssy

  11. Migration and Remittances in the Central and East European Countries
  12. Eugenia Markova

    Part II. Formal Dependencies and informal resistances to the Europeanisation of labour and IR models

  13. The Fate of the 'Hard' and 'Soft' Acquis communautaires in the New Member States
  14. Guglielmo Meardi

  15. The European Social Fund in Poland: a Tool for Europeanization and the Redistribution of Power between Domestic Actors
  16. Amélie Bonnet

  17. Trade union influence in Eastern and Central Europe, the example of the Czech Republic
  18. Martin Myant

  19. Building and Reshaping Social Dialogue in the CEECs: from Formal Europeanisation to New Dependencies and Contingencies in Bulgaria and Romania
  20. Violaine Delteil and Vassil Kirov

  21. Expansion of Higher Education and Graduate Employability: Data and Insights from Central and Eastern Europe
  22. Pepka Boyadjieva and Petya Ilieva-Trichkova

  23. Between Commitment and Indifference. Trade Unions, Young workers and the Expansion of Precarious Employment in Poland
  24. Adam
    Mrozowicki, Mateusz Karolak and Agata Krasowska


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