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Russian Research Center Studies 86

The Soviet Social Contract and Why It Failed

Welfare Policy and Workers’ Politics from Brezhnev to Yeltsin

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$100.00 • £80.95 • €90.00

ISBN 9780674828001

Publication Date: 01/01/1993


272 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

2 line illustrations, 20 tables

Russian Research Center Studies


  • Acknowledgments
  • 1. The Social Contract Thesis and Conceptions of State–Working Class Relations
  • 2. Brezhnev’s Welfare State: Delivering on the Social Contract
  • 3. Full Employment, Price Stability, and Labor Quiescence under Brezhnev
  • 4. Gorbachev’s Reforms: The Critique of Brezhnev’s Welfare State and Erosion of the Social Contract
  • 5. Job Security, Medical Services, and Price Stability under Gorbachev
  • 6. Soviet Workers and Their Discontents: The Emergence of Labor Activism and Unrest
  • 7. Failure of the Social Contract: Labor and the Soviet Collapse
  • 8. Labor, Democracy, and Reform in the Post-Soviet Transition
  • Notes
  • Index

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