Political parties and trade unions in the post-communist Poland:class politics that have never a chance to happen

Abstract

Trade unions in Poland have not built the stable and long-term relations with political parties as are observed in Western democracies. By analysing the historical and symbolic background of the transformation to a democratic civil society and free market economy, political preferences of working class, trade union membership rates, and public opinion polls, we argue that, in case of Poland, the initial links between political parties and trade unions weakened over time. Polish trade unions never had a chance to become a long-term intermediary between society and political parties, making the Polish case study a double exception from the traditional models.

Publication DOI: https://doi.org/10.15804/ppsy2016015
Divisions: College of Business and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences & Humanities
College of Business and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences & Humanities > Politics, History and International Relations
College of Business and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences & Humanities > Aston Centre for Europe
Additional Information: Kamiński, P., & Rozbicka, P. (2016). Political parties and trade unions in the post-communist Poland: class politics that have never a chance to happen. Polish Political Science Yearbook, 45, 191-204. DOI:10.15804/ppsy2016015
Uncontrolled Keywords: trade unions,social cleavages,Poland,party politics
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Published Date: 2016-12-01
Accepted Date: 2016-10-06
Authors: Kamiński, Paweł
Rozbicka, Patrycja (ORCID Profile 0000-0003-0092-955X)

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