Department Staff Members

Simon Clarke

JadeandKaiSimon Clarke retired in September 2009 and is now Emeritus Professor. From 1991 until he retired he directed the Russian Research Programme in the Department, which studied various aspects of labour and employment relations in Russia and the former Soviet Union in collaboration with teams of Russian researchers associated with the Institute for Comparative Labour Relations Research (ISITO), an inter-regional organisation of labour researchers, based in Moscow with research teams in Moscow, Samara, Kemerovo, Perm, Ekaterinburg, Ulyanovsk, St Petersburg and Syktyvkar. Since 1998 the research programme has extended to comparative research on the development of trade unions and industrial relations in China and, more recently, in Vietnam. Full details of the research and access to many of our publications can be found on the website of the research programme.
Simon Clarke's main publications are The Foundations of Structuralism; Marx, Marginalism and Modern Sociology; Keynesianism, Monetarism and the Crisis of the State; Marx's Theory of Crisis and (with Peter Fairbrother, Michael Burawoy and Pavel Krotov) What About the Workers? Workers and the Transition to Capitalism in Russia; (with Peter Fairbrother and Vadim Borisov): The Workers' Movement in Russia. He has translated, edited and introduced a series of books published by Edward Elgar: Management and Industry in Russia; Conflict and Change in the Russian Enterprise; Labour Relations in Transition; The Russian Enterprise in Transition; Structural Adjustment without Mass Unemployment? and The State Debate. His most recent books are (with Sarah Ashwin)The Formation of a Labour Market in Russia Trade Unions and Industrial Relations in Post-Communist Russia (Palgrave, Basingstoke and New York, 2002) , The Development of Capitalism in Russia  (Routledge, 2007), (with Tim Pringle) The Challenge of Transition: Trade Unions in Russia, China and Vietnam (Palgrave, 2010).

Simon and Lin have two children, Sam and Becky, and four grandchildren, Jade, Kai, Charlie and Bobby. Simon is a keen cyclist, going out with the Coventry CTC every Sunday and Tuesday through the winter and on our annual Easter tour. Simon and Lin now spend their summers on their yacht, a Moody 422, in the Eastern Mediterranean. Our blog is at . 

You can find Simon's CV here, where you can access many published and unpublished materials. Please note that for copyright reasons published materials are only available in final draft versions and so should not be cited or referenced. You can find my reading guide to Capital here. You can buy kindle versions of my out of copyright books for next to nothing and I will put free copies on Google books  
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Simon and Jade in Les Arcs 2008


Mia Hara sailing off IthacaISITO at work July 2001