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The Attitudinal Legacy of Communist Labor Relations

David G. Blanchflower and Richard B. Freeman
Industrial and Labor Relations Review
Vol. 50, No. 3 (Apr., 1997), pp. 438-459
Published by: Sage Publications, Inc.
DOI: 10.2307/2525184
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2525184
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Abstract

This study of workers' attitudes compares data from International Social Survey Programme (ISSP) surveys for former communist countries in Europe with ISSP data for Western countries over the period 1987-93, which covers the beginning of the transition to a market economy for the former communist countries. Consistent with their hypothesis that communist-run economies left an attitudinal "legacy," the authors find that the citizens of former communist countries evinced a greater desire for egalitarianism, less satisfaction with their jobs, and more support for strong trade unions and state intervention in the job market and economy than did Westerners. Over the course of the period studied, however, residents of the former communist European countries perceived sizable increases in occupational earnings differentials, and they adjusted their views of the differentials that "ought to" exist in their economies in the direction of greater inequality.

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