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Author Trappmann, Vera.

Title Fallen heroes in global capitalism : workers and the restructuring of the Polish steel industry / Vera Trappmann
Published Basingstoke : Palgrave Macmillan, 2013
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Description 1 online resource (284 pages) : illustrations
Series Studies in economic transition
Studies in economic transition.
Contents PART I -- 1. The Steel Sector in the Global Economy -- 2. The Context of Restructuring in Poland -- 3. Capitalism Unleashed? The EU as a Promoter of Economic Change in the Region -- PART II -- 4. The Polish Steel Industry before and during Accession 1990-2006 -- 5. The Embeddedness of Steel Restructuring in Social Dialogue -- 6. Labour-market and Regional Policy -- PART III -- 7. From Socialist Landmark to Subsidiary: the Case of Huta Lenina -- 8. Limitations of State Support for Sustaining Steel -- PART IV -- 9. Fallen Heroes: Steelworkers in the New Capitalist System -- 10. Perspectives for the Community: Revitalising a Region from the Bottom Up -- Conclusion
Summary This book challenges the one-sided account of Poland as a successful transition case, by exploring the huge social costs for workers in terms of impoverishment and employment precarity. The ambivalent role of the European Union in the economic restructuring of Poland emerges through comparisons to earlier rounds of restructuring of steel in Western Europe, Eastern Europe and other parts of the world. By offering an exemplary case of multi-level analysis, an in-depth case study and biographical research, "Fallen Heroes in Global Capitalism" provides a compelling read on postsocialism and the restructuring of the Polish steel industry
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 254-279) and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Steel industry and trade -- Poland -- Employees -- Economic conditions.
Steel industry and trade -- Poland -- History -- 20th century.
Steel industry and trade -- Poland -- History -- 21st century.
Steel industry and trade -- Poland -- Social conditions.
Steel industry and trade -- Poland.
Unemployment -- Poland.
Poland -- Economic conditions -- 1990-
Poland -- Economic policy -- 1990-
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2012360343
ISBN 1137303646
1137303654 (electronic bk.)
9781137303653 (electronic bk.)