Cold war isomorphism : communist regimes and the West European model of worker participation

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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title Cold war isomorphism : communist regimes and the West European model of worker participation
Author Hedin, Astrid
Date 2016
English abstract
In studies of cultural globalisation, the influence of communist regimes on Western Europe has remained under-theorised and little explored. Addressing this gap in research, this article puts forward the glocalisation grid of world-polity theory as a means for conceptualising and investigating how East European communist regimes helped shape the evolution of West European welfare states during the Cold War. The article re-traces the 1960s struggle over expert discourse within the International Labour Organization (ILO) in which communist regimes, including Yugoslavia and Poland, struggled to win the bureaucratic legitimacy of the ILO for their domestic policies. In focus are vertical, horizontal and temporal dimensions of glocalisation and the ensuing perceived or superficial similarity – so-called isomorphism – of legislation on worker participation in decision-making at the workplace. The article maps the timing of reforms across Europe, showing how East European reforms preceded and were co-constitutive to a pan-European process of policy isomorphism.
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/23254823.2016.1211024 (link to publisher's fulltext.)
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Host/Issue European Journal of Cultural and Political Sociology;2-3
Volume 3
ISSN 2325-4823
Pages 201-242
Language eng (iso)
Subject World polity theory
Cold War
International Labour Organization
communist regimes
welfare states
worker participation
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/21607 Permalink to this page
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