Nowhere is the tension attending simultaneous political democratization and economic liberalization more sharply felt than in the realm of labour relations. What is happening in Soviet trade unions today? How will the emerging independent unions respond to anticipated rises in unemployment? What kind of social regulation of the labour market will be appropriate in the future? These papers from a pathbreaking US-Soviet conference on labour issues reveal a considerable diversity of views on questions whose resolution will be essential to social peace in this period of transition. Among the noted contributors are Joseph Berliner, Sam Bowles, Richard Freeman, Leonid Gordon, V.L.Kosmarskii, Alla Nazimova, Michael Piore, Boris Rakitskii, Iurii Volkov, Ben Ward and Tatiana Zaslavskaia.

part |24 pages

The Emergence of Labor Conflict in the Soviet Union

chapter |10 pages

Labor Conflict Today

Features and Dynamics
ByVera Kabalina, Alla K. Nazimova

chapter |12 pages

The Social Base of Economic Reforms

ByAnna A. Temkina

part |44 pages

Toward a Mixed Economy and an Independent Labor Movement

part |34 pages

The Theme of Worker Participation and Self-Management

chapter |12 pages

Hired Labor or Self-Management?

The Struggle of Ideas, Programs, and Social Movements
ByGalina Ia. Rakitskaia

part |34 pages

Employment Problems and the Labor Market

chapter |10 pages

Labor Market Phenomena and Public Opinion

Some Features of the Current Phase
ByTatiana I. Zaslavskaia, Vladimir L. Kosmarskii

part |84 pages

American Perspectives

chapter |20 pages

Getting Here from There

Labor in the Transition to a Market Economy
ByRichard B. Freeman

chapter |12 pages


Indispensable Servants, Cruel Masters
BySamuel Bowles

chapter |18 pages

Marketization and the Defense of Labor's Interests

ByBenjamin Ward

chapter |20 pages

The Workers' Stake in Denationalization

Issues of Equity
ByJoseph S. Berliner