"A Market without Thorns": The Ideological Struggle for the Soviet Working Class

David Mandel

Abstract


The miners' strike of July 1989 marked the emergence of the working class as an active political force, whose attitude toward the reform of the economic system will be a decisive factor in determining the shape of Soviet society for years to come. The appearance of a workers' movement, for the first time in over sixty years, has given rise to an intense ideological struggle for its allegiance among liberals of different shades, partisans of a reformed bureaucratic system, and socialists. So far, this has been a rather one-sided struggle favouring the liberals, who enjoy privileged access to the means of mass communication.

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Studies in Political Economy:
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