The Rise and Fall of Social Partnership in Postsocialist Europe: The Commonwealth of Independent States
23 Pages Posted: 2 Nov 2006
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.
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