Soviet Workers and De-Stalinization: The Consolidation of the Modern System of Soviet Production Relations 1953-1964

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This is the first comprehensive study of the position of Soviet industrial workers during the Khrushchev period. Donald Filtzer examines the main features of Khrushchev's labor policy within the overall context of "de-Stalinization" and provides a detailed analysis of shop floor relations between workers and managers, the position of women workers and their specific role in the Soviet economy. In his conclusions, the author relates the labor problems of the Khrushchev years to those faced by Mikhail Gorbachev and perestroika, thus helping to explain the failure of Gorbachev's policies.

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"...a valuable and worthwhile book." Walter D. Connor, Slavic Review
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1. Introduction: the contradiction of de-Stalinization; Part I. Labour Policy under Khrushchev: Issues and Results: 2. The worker and the work environment; 3. The reform of labour legislation and the re-emergence of the labour market; 4. The labour shortage; 5. The wage reform; Part II. De-Stalinization and the Soviet Labour Process: 6. The historical genesis of the Soviet labour force; 7. Limits of the extraction of the surplus; 8. The position of women workers; 9. Skill, de-skilling and control over the labour process; 10. Conclusion.

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