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Business and Society (Combined), 2021/22, Semester 1, 2
Jiachen Shi
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Semester 1


 Watson, T. (2008) Sociology, Work and Industry, London: Routledge (chapter 2, ‘The sociological analysis of work and industry’, pages 29-73).


Key Reading:

Heinrich, M. (2012) An introduction to the three volumes of Karl Marx's Capital , chapter 1: Capitalism and Marxism pp. 13-27.  Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva 

Wright, E.O. (2005) Foundations of a neo-Marxist class analysis. In: Wright, E.O. (Ed) Approaches to class analysis . Cambridge University Press, pp. 4-30

Additional Reading:

Crompton, R. (2008) Class and stratification. Cambridge: Cambridge Polity Press.

Göran T. (2012) Class in the 21st CenturyNew left review. 78, November-December 2012.

Harvey, D. (2010) A companion to Marx's Capital, Volume 1. London: Verso Books (Chap.).

Hyman, R. (2006) Marxist Thought and the Analysis of Work, in Korczynski, M. Hodson, R. and Edwards, P. (Eds.) Social theory at work, Oxford: Oxford University Press 

Jessop, B. (2008) Karl Marx, in: Stones, R. (Ed.): Key sociological thinkers, Basingstoke: Palgrave.

Kaufmann, S. / Stuetzle, I. (2017) Thomas Piketty's 'Capital in the twenty-first century' : an introduction . London: Verso. 

Moore, R. (2008) Capital, in: Grenfell, M. (Ed.) Pierre Bourdieu : key concepts . Durham: Acumen Publishing Limited (chapter 6).

Ransome, P. (2010) Social theory for beginners . Bristol: Policy Press (chapter 4 ‘Karl  Marx, capitalism and revolution’) Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva.

Sayer, R. (2005) The moral significance of class . Cambridge: Cambridge University Press

Savage, M. (2015) Social class in the 21st century . London: Penguin Books.

Standing, G. (2011) The precariat : the new dangerous class. London: Bloomsbury Academic.

Wilkes, C. (1990) Bourdieu´s Class, in: Harker, R./ Mahar, C./ Wilkes, C. (Eds.) An introduction to the work of Pierre Bourdieu : the practice of theory . Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Wright, E.O. (Ed) (2007) Approaches to class analysis . Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.


Key Reading:

Giddens, A. (1992) Introduction, in: Weber M. The Protestant ethic and the spirit of capitalism. London: Routledge. 

Boltanski L./Chiapello E. (2005) The role of criticism in the dynamics of capitalism. Social criticism versus artistic criticism, in: Miller, M (Ed.) Worlds of capitalism : institutions, governance and economic change in the era of globalization , London: Routledge, p.237-267

Additional Reading:

Bayley, S./Mavity, R. (2008) Life's a pitch : How to Sell Yourself and Your Brilliant Ideas. Corgi: London.

Bröckling, U. (2015) The entrepreneurial self : fabricating a new type of subject . London: Sage.

Kieran, A. (2004) Max Weber [electronic resource] : a critical introduction . London: Pluto Press (chap 3).

Morrison, K. (2006) Marx, Durkheim, Weber: formations of modern social thought. London: Sage (Chapter 4: for reference).

Pongratz, H. J./ Voß, G. (2003) From employee to entreployee: Towards a self-entrepreneurial work force?, in: Concepts & Transformation 8 (3), S. 239-254. Available at  

Ransome, P. (2010) Social theory for beginners . Bristol: Policy Press (chapter 5: ‘Max Weber, rational capitalism and social action’, summary on spirit of capitalism p 104-109). 


 By the end of these sessions you should:

  • Be aware of some feminist theories about the evolution of workplaces
  • Offer some basic critique of the theories explored
  • Be able to apply feminist theories explored to contemporary situations

Key Reading:

Fraser, N., 2009. Feminism, capitalism and the cunning of history. New left review. 97.

Yuval-Davis, N., 2006. Intersectionality and Feminist Politics. The European journal of women's studies. 13, 193–209.

Additional Reading:

McDowell, L. (2010) Capital culture revisited: sex, testosterone and the cityInternational journal of urban and regional research = Revue internationale de recherche urbaine et régionale, 34(3): 652-8.

Bruegel, I. (1999) Globalization, Feminization and Pay Inequalities in London and the UK. Pp. 73–93, in: Gregory, J./Sales, R./Hegewisch, A. (Eds.) Women, work and inequality : the challenge of equal pay in a deregulated labour market , New York: St. Martin´s Press.

Crenshaw, K. (1989) Demarginalizing the Intersection of Race and Sex: A Black Feminist Critique of Antidiscrimination Doctrine, Feminist Theory and Antiracist Politics. The University of Chicago Legal Forum: 139-169 Available at

Gottfried, H. (2006) Feminist Theories of Work, in: Korczynski, M./ Hodson R./Edwards, P. (Eds.) Social theory at work , Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Gottfied, H. (2009) Gender and Employment: A Global Lens on Analyzes and Theorizing of Labor Markets, Sociology Compass s 3: 1-16.

Hakim, C. (2000) Work-lifestyle choices in the 21st Century : preference theory , Oxford, Oxford University Press

Ingold, J./ Etherington, D. (2013) Work, welfare and gender inequalities: An analysis of activation strategies for partnered women in the UK, Australia and Denmark’Work, employment and society. . 27(4), 621-638.

Hochschild, A. R. (2003) Love and Gold, in: Ehrenreich, B./ A.R. Hochschild (Eds.) Global woman : nannies, maids and sex workers in the new economy , New York City: Metropolitan Books, pp. 15-30.

Korczynski, M./ Hodson R./Edwards, P. (Eds.) Social theory at work . Oxford: Oxford University Press.

McBride, A./ Hebson, G. /Holgate, VJ. (2015) Intersectionality: are we taking enough notice in the field of work and employment relations?, in: Work, employment and society. , 29 (2). 331 – 341.

McDowell, L./ Perrons D./ Fagan, C./ Ray, K. and Ward, K. (2005) The Contradictions and Intersections of Class and Gender in a Global City: Placing Working Women’s Lives on the Research Agenda, in: Environment and planning. A : environment and planning. 37, pp. 441–461.

Thompson, P. / McHugh, D. (2009) Work organisations : a critical approach . Basingstoke: Palgrave (Chapter 10).

Tong, R. (1997) Feminist thought : a more comprehensive introduction . London: Routledge.

Walby, S. (1986Patriarchy at work : patriarchal and capitalist relations in employment . Oxford: Polity Press (esp. Chapter 2 and 3).

Weeks, K. (2011) The problem with work : feminism, Marxism, antiwork politics, and postwork imaginaries . Illinois: Duke University Press.

Witz, A. (1986) Patriarchy and the Labour Market: Occupational Control Strategies and the Medical Division of Labour, in: Knights, D./Willmott, H. (Eds.) Gender and the labour process . Aldershot: Gower. Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva.

WEEK 8: Theories of Control

Key Reading:

Fleming, P., and A. Sturdy. 2011. ‘‘Being Yourself’ in the Electronic Sweatshop: New Forms of Normative Control.’ Human relations. 64(2): 177–200.

Additional Reading:

Bain, P./ Taylor, P. (2000) Entrapped by the ‘Electronic panoptican’? Worker Resistance in the Call Centre, in: New technology, work and employment. 15(1): 2–18.

Ball, K. S./Margulis, S.T. (2011) Electronic monitoring and surveillance in call centres: A framework for investigation, in: New technology, work and employment. 26(2): 113–26.

Callaghan, G./Thompson P. (2002) ‘We Recruit Attitude’: The Selection and Shaping of Routine Call Centre Labour, in: Journal of management studies. 39(2): 233–54.

Doody, S./Chen, T.V./Goldstein, J. (2016) Varieties of Entrepreneurial Capitalism: The Culture of Entrepreneurship and Structural Inequalities of Work and Business Creation, in: Sociology Compass 10/10: 858–876.

Fernie, S./Metcalf, D. (1998) (Not) Hanging on the Telephone: Payment Systems in the New Sweatshops. London: Centre for Economic Performance.Available at

Fleming, P./Sturdy A. (2011) ‘Being Yourself’ in the Electronic Sweatshop: New Forms of Normative Control’, in: Human relations. 64(2): 177–200.

Kelly, P. (2013) The self as enterprise : Foucault and the spirit of 21st century capitalism . London: Routledge.

Martin, D. (2016) Book Review: McKinlay, A./ Taylor, P. (2014) Foucault, governmentality, and organization : inside the factory of the future . Sage.

Townsend, K. (2005) Electronic Surveillance and Cohesive Teams: Room for Resistance in an Australian Call Centre?, in: New technology, work and employment. 20(1): 47–59.


Key Reading:

Taylor, P./ Bain, P. (2003), ‘Subterranean worksick blues’: humour as subversion in two call centres, in: Organization Studies. , Vol. 24 No.9, pp. 487-509.

Additional Reading:

Ackroyd, S. /Thompson, P. (1999) Organizational misbehaviour London: Sage. (esp. Chapter 3: also for general reference) Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva.

Anderson, G. (2008) Mapping Academic Resistance in the Managerial University , in: Organization Studies. 15(2): 251–270.

Burawoy, M. (1979) Manufacturing consent : changes in the labor process under monopoly capitalism , Chicago: University of Chicago Press

Collinson, D./Ackroyd, S. (2005) Resistance, misbehaviour and Dissent, in: Ackroyd, S. Batt, R. Thompson, P. and Tolbert, P. (Eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Work and Organization, Oxford: Oxford University Press.Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva.

Contu, A. (2008) Decaf Resistance On Misbehavior, Cynicism, and Desire in Liberal Workplaces, in: Management Communication Quarterly : McQ , 21 (3), 364-379.

Crowther, D./Green, M. (2004) Organisational theory . London: CIPD (Chapter 9, Critical Approaches’) Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva.

Edwards, P./Collinson, D./Della Rocca, G. (1995) Workplace Resistance in Western Europe: A Preliminary Overview and a Research Agenda, in:European journal of industrial relations. . 1(3): 283-316.

Kärreman, D./Alvesson M. (2009) Resisting resistance: Counter-resistance, consent and compliance in a consultancy firm, in: Human relations. Volume 62(8): 1115–1144.

Lawrence, T.B. and Robinson, S. (2007) Ain’t Misbehavin: Workplace Deviance as Organizational Resistance, in: Journal of management. 33(3): 378-394.

Mulholland, K. (2004) Workplace Resistance in an Irish Call Centre: Slammin’, Scammin’, Smokin’ and Leavin’, in: Work, employment and society. 18(4): 709–24.

Thompson, P./McHugh, D. (2002) Work organisations: a critical introduction, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan (Chapters 8 and 9).

Vincent J. Roscigno/Hodson, R. (2004) The Organizational and Social Foundations of Worker Resistance. American sociological review. , 69: 14–39.

Paulsen, R. (2014) Empty labor : idleness and workplace resistance . Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 



Key reading:

Frayne, D. (2015) The refusal of work : the theory and practice of resistance to work . Zed Books, London. Chapter two: A Provocation pp. 11-34. OCR REQUESTED BY LIBRARY (KR 22/11/2018)  

Reed, H./ Lansley, S. (2016) Universal Basic Income: An idea whose time has come. Compass Available at

Additional reading:
Portes, K. (2017) "Discussion Paper” in Social prosperity for the future: A proposal for Universal Basic Services. Institute for Global Prosperity: University College London. pp.17-27    

Benedikt F. C. / Osborne, M.A. (2013) The Future of Employment: How Susceptible Are Jobs to Computerisation?

Daly, H. (2014) From uneconomic growth to a steady-state economy . Cheltenham: Edward Elgar

Cassiers I./Maréchal K./Meda, D. (Eds.) (2017) Post-growth economics and society : exploring the paths of a social and ecological transition . London: Routledge (Chapter 2).

Harvey, D. (2014) Seventeen Contradictions and the End of Capitalism. London: Profile Books.

Jackson, T. (2009) Prosperity without growth : economics for a finite planet . London: Earthscan.

Jameson, R. (2016) The case for a basic income . North Charleston: CreateSpace.

Mason, P. (2016) Postcapitalism: A Guide to Our Future. Penguin Books.

Paech, N., (2012) Liberation from excess : the road to a post-growth economy . München: oekom-verl.

Srnicek, N./ Williams, A. (2015) Inventing the future : postcapitalism and a world without work . Brooklyn, NY: Verso Books. (esp. Chapter 5 and 6)

Standing, G. (2013) India’s Experiment in Basic Income Grants, in: Global dialogue 3 November 2013 (5): 24–26.

Standing, G. (2017) Basic income : and how we can make it happen . London: Pelican, an imprint of Penguin Books.

Streeck, W. (2016) How will capitalism end? : essays on a failing system . London: Verso.

Van Parijs, P. (2013) The Universal Basic Income: Why Utopian Thinking Matters, and How Sociologists Can Contribute to It, in: Politics and society. 41 (2): 171–82.

Webb, T./Novkovic, S. (Eds.) (2014) Co-operatives in a Post-Growth Era: Creating Co-operative Economics. London: Zed Books.


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Semester Two: Organization Theory

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Week 1: Taylor and Scientific Management

Key readings:

Grey, C. (2008) ‘Bureaucracy and Scientific Management’, in A Very Short, Fairly Interesting and Reasonably Cheap Book About Studying Organizations. London: Sage. (Pages: 34-42)  Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva.   

Warner, M. (1994) ‘Japanese culture, western management: Taylorism and human resources in Japan’, Organization Studies15(4): 509-533

Wright, C. (1993) ‘Taylorism revisited: the impact of scientific management within the Australian workplace’,  Labour HistoryMay, 34-53

Noon, M., Blyton, P. and Morrell (2013) The Realities of Work, Fourth Edition. MacMillan: London (Chapter 6)

Watson, T. (2012) Sociology, work and organisation, Sixth Edition. London: Routledge (Chapter 2)

Additional readings:

Braverman, H. (1974) Labor and Monopoly Capital: The Degradation of Work in the Twentieth Century, Monthly Review Press, (introduction and chapters 4 and 5)

Taylor, F.W. (1911/1967) ‘Fundamentals of Scientific Management’, in The Principles of Scientific Management. New York: Harper and Row.


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Week 2: Mayo and the Human Relations school



Key reading: 

 Grey, C. (2008) ‘Human Relations Theory and People Management’, in A Very Short, Fairly Interesting and Reasonably Cheap Book About Studying Organizations. London: Sage .

Additional readings:

O’Connor, E. (1999) ‘Minding the Workers: The Meaning of ‘Human’ and ‘Human Relations’ in Elton Mayo’, Organization : the interdisciplinary journal of organization, theory and society., 6: 223-246.

Bramel, D. and Friend, R. (1981) ‘Hawthorne, The Myth of the Docile Worker, and Class Bias in Psychology’, The American psychologist., 36: 867-878.

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Week 3: Ford and Mass Production


 Key readings:

Taylor, P. and Bain, P. (1999) ‘An assembly line in the head’: work and employee relations in the call centre’, Industrial Relations Journal, 30(2): 101-117

Noon, M., Blyton, P. and Morrell (2013) The Realities of Work, Fourth Edition. MacMillan: London (Chapter 6)    

Watson, T. (2012) Sociology, work and organisation , Sixth Edition. London: Routledge (Chapters 4 and 5)

K. Williams et al.(1992), Ford Versus Fordism: The Beginings of Mass Production, Work, employment and society. Vol 6.,.

P. Thompson and D. McHugh (2002), Work Organisations, London: Macmillan Chapter 2

Additional readings:

H. Beynon (1985), Working For Ford. Harmondsworth: Penguin..

Meyer, S. (1981) The five dollar day : labor management and social control in the Ford Motor Company 1908-1921, SUNY Press, Albany

G. Ritzer (1993), The McDonaldization of Society. California: Pine Forge Press.

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Week 4: The growth of the modern corporation

Key reading:

Ackroyd, S. (2002) The organization of business : applying organizational theory to contemporary change, Oxford: Oxford University Press. (Chapters 3 and 4).  Chapter 3 available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva.

Williamson, O.E., 1981. The modern corporation: origins, evolution, attributes. Journal of economic literature19(4), pp.1537-1568.

Additional readings:

Chandler, A.D. (1977) The Visible Hand. London, Harvard University Press (Abridged version in Putterman, L. (1986) The Economic Nature of the Firm).

Chandler, A.D. (1984) ‘The emergence of managerial capitalism’ in Supple, B. (ed.) The rise of big business, Aldershot: Edward Elgar


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Week 5: Lean production/Japanese management

Williams, K et al. (1992) ‘Against lean production’, Economy and society., 21, 3.    

Womack, J.P., Jones, D.T. and Roos, D. (1990) The Machine That Changed the World. Rawson Associates. (chapter 3).

Stewart, P. (1997) ‘Beyond Japan, beyond consensus? From Japanese management to lean production’, Asia Pacific Business Review.

Additional readings:

Elger, T. and Smith, C. (1994) ‘Global Japanisation? ’ in T. Elger and C. Smith (eds) Global Japanization? : the transnational transformation of the labour process. London: Routledge.

Roper, I, Prabhu, V. and Van Zwandenberg, N. (1997) ‘(Only) Just-in-Time: Japanisation and the ‘Non-Learning’ Firm’, Work, employment and society., Vol 11. No. 1, pp. 27-46

Holweg, M. (2007). The genealogy of lean production. Journal of operations management., 25(2), 420-437.

Womack, J.P., Jones, D.T. and Roos, D. (1990) The Machine That Changed the World. Rawson Associates. (esp. pages 17-69).


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Week 6: Alternative organisations

Key readings:

Cheney G, Santa Cruz I, Peredo AM, Nazareno E. Worker cooperatives as an organizational alternative: Challenges, achievements and promise in business governance and ownership. Organization. 2014;21(5):591-603.

Ozarow, D.  and Croucher, R. 2014. ‘Workers’ Self-management, Recovered Companies and the Sociology of Work’ Sociology 48(5) 989–1006.

Additional readings:

Atzeni, M. Alternative Work Organizations. London, Palgrave.

Atzeni M and Ghigliani P (2007) Labour process and decision-making in factories under workers’ self-management. Work, Employment and Society 21(4): 653–71.

Azzellini, D and Ness, I. 2011. Ours to Master and to Own: Workers’ Control from the Commune to the Present. Chicago, IL: Haymarket Books.

Guerci M, Sferrazzo R, Cabras F, Radaelli G, X P. Organized Crime and Employment Relations: A Personal Story of ‘Ndrangheta Control on Employment Relations Management Practices in Southern ItalyWork, Employment and Society. July 2021. doi:10.1177/09500170211021543

Heras-Saizarbitoria, I. 2014. ‘The ties that bind? Exploring the basic principles of worker-owned organizations in practive’ Organization 21(5): pp. 645-665.

Novkovic, S. and Webb, T. 2014. Co-operatives in a Post Growth Era. London: Zed Books.

Parker, M. 2011. Alternative Business: Outlaws, Crime and Culture (Routledge, London).

Parker, M. 2014. The companion to alternative organisation. Routledge, London.

Parker, M., Stoborod, K., & Swann, T. (2020). Anarchism, Organization and Management: Critical Perspectives for Students. (1st ed.) Routledge.


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Week 7: Decolonising organisational theory

Core readings:

Frenkel M, Shenhav Y. (2006) 'From Binarism Back to Hybridity: A Postcolonial Reading of Management and Organization Studies' Organization Studies 27(6):855-876.

Banerjee S.B. (2021) Decolonizing Management Theory: A Critical Perspective' Journal of Management Studies  


Additional readings:

Banerjee, S. B. and Prasad, A. (2008). Introduction to the special issue on "critical reflections on management and organizations: A postcolonial perspective". Critical Perspectives on International Business, 4(2/3), pp. 90-98. doi: 10.1108/17422040810869963

Jack G, Westwood R, Srinivas N and Sardar Z. 2011. ‘Deepening, broadening and re-asserting a postcolonial interrogative space in organization studies’ Organization 18(3) 275–302.

Nkomo, S.M.  2011. ‘A postcolonial and anti-colonial reading of ‘African’ leadership and management in organization studies: tensions, contradictions and possibilities’ Organization 18(3) 365–386.

Raman, K.R. 2020. ‘Can the Dalit woman speak? How ‘intersectionality’ helps advance postcolonial organization studies’ Organziation 27(2) 272–290.




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Week 8: Post-bureaucracy and the flexible firm

Key readings:

Alvesson, M. and Thompson, P. (2004) ‘Post-Bureaucracy? ’, in S. Ackroyd, P. Thompson, R. Batt and P.S. Tolbert (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Work and Organization. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Atkinson, J. (1984) 'Manpower Strategies for Flexible Organisations' Personnel management., August, 1984 pp 28 31. Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva 

Grey, C. (2008) ‘Post-Bureaucracy and Change Management’, in A Very Short, Fairly Interesting and Reasonably Cheap Book About Studying Organizations. London: Sage.

Additional readings

Alvesson, M. and Thompson, P. (2004) ‘Post-Bureaucracy? ’, in S. Ackroyd, P. Thompson, R. Batt and P.S. Tolbert (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Work and Organization. Oxford: Oxford University Press

Pollert, A. (1988) 'The Flexible Firm: Fixation or Fact? ', Work, employment and society.,

Thompson, P. and McHugh, D (2002) Work Organisations, Palgrave: Hampshire (Chapter 11)

Hirst Paul & Zeitlin Jonathan (1991) Flexible specialization versus post-Fordism: theory, evidence and policy implications, Economy and society., 20:1, 5-9


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Week 9: The development of management and the rise of business schools

Key readings

Pfeffer, J. and Fong, C. (2004) ‘The business school ‘business’: some lessons from the US experience’, Journal of Management Studies41(8): 1501-1520

Ferlie, E. et al. (2010) ‘Developing a public interest school of management’, British Journal of Management21:60-70

Grey, C. (2008) ‘Business schools and the myth of management education, in A Very Short, Fairly Interesting and Reasonably Cheap Book About Studying Organizations. London: Sage

Additional reading:

Ackroyd, D. (2002) The organization of business : applying organizational theory to contemporary change: Oxford: OUP Chapters 3 and 4 Chapter 3 available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva


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Week 10: Management in transition societies

Key readings

Milanovic, B. (2019) Capitalism Alone, The Future of The System that Rules the World, London: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, pages 67-91

Additional readings

Stenning, A. (2005) ‘Re-placing work: economic transformations and the shape of a community in post-socialist Poland’, Work, Employment and Society,19(2), 235-259

Clark, S. (2005) ‘Post-socialist trade unions: China and Russia’, Industrial Relations Journal, 36(1): 2-18

Lucas, R. et al. (2004) ‘HRM practice in emerging economies: a long way to go in the Slovak hotel industry’, International Journal of Human Resource Management15(7): 1262-1279

Crowley, S. and Stanojevic, M. (2011) ‘Varieties of capitalism, power resources, and historical legacies: explaining the Slovenian exception’, Politics and Society, 39(2): 268-295

Woolfson, C. (2007) ‘Pushing the envelope: the ‘informalization’ of labour in post communist new EU member states’, Work, Employment and Society, 21(3):551-654.

Bohle, D. (2010) ‘Countries in distress: transformation, transnationalization, and the crisis in Hungary and Latvia’, EMECON: Employment and Economic in Central and East Europe, 1; available at[0]=hungary  




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