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The Rise and Fall of Social Partnership in Postsocialist Europe: The Commonwealth of Independent States

23 Pages Posted: 2 Nov 2006  

Vadim Borisov

Institute for Comparative Labour Relations Research (ISITO)

Simon R.C. Clarke

University of Warwick - Department of Sociology

Abstract

Traditional trade unions throughout the postsocialist world embraced 'social partnership' as a means to secure their institutional survival in a radically changed economic and political environment. The commitment of national governments to social partnership ebbed and flowed through the 1990s, but it was confirmed, at least rhetorically, in Central and Eastern Europe by the prospect and requirements of accession to the European Union. This article explores the fate of social partnership in the 'other half' of Europe, the countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States, where social dialogue has largely been abandoned and trade unions alternatively marginalised or subordinated to the state apparatus.

Suggested Citation

Borisov, Vadim and Clarke, Simon R.C., The Rise and Fall of Social Partnership in Postsocialist Europe: The Commonwealth of Independent States. Industrial Relations Journal, Vol. 37, No. 6, pp. 607-629, November 2006. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=941838 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-2338.2006.00424.x

Vadim Borisov

Institute for Comparative Labour Relations Research (ISITO)

109004 Moscow
Russia

Simon Clarke (Contact Author)

University of Warwick - Department of Sociology ( email )

Coventry CV4 7AL
United Kingdom
+2476 523301 (Phone)
+2476 523496 (Fax)

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