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date: 23 February 2020

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This chapter examines the enduring legacy of the Colliers on scholarship of labor in developing and post-communist countries, arguing that it has influenced both historically rooted configurational analyses and temporally rooted historical institutionalist analyses. Historical institutionalist research has advanced the study of contemporary labor politics by highlighting the processes through which institutional legacies persist and change within specific sociopolitical and temporal contexts and thereby have profound impacts on later events. We therefore have a better understanding of varying union responses to neoliberal reform, the conditions under which some unions confront these reforms more effectively than others, and the effects of authoritarian legacies on unions in new democracies. Going forward, historical institutionalist scholars must think more systematically about why some institutions are stickier than others and how institutions interact with contextual variables to produce distinct pathways of institutional evolution and transformation.

Keywords: organized labor, neoliberal reform, democratization, authoritarian legacies, labor rights

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