Workers in state socialism: living standard, politics and legitimacy – Introductory notes

The study outlines the main characteristics of the workers policies followed in the GDR and Hungary from the 1960s, and tries to answer why the labour class getting rid of the paternalistic control of the state party has not opposed the coming new, capitalist system. The welfare dictatorships tried to purchase the political support of the workers by promising a higher consumer satisfaction, while actual leftist solutions were closed for the masses.