Author: Patrycja Rozbicka
Institution: Aston University in Birmingham (United Kingdom)
Author: Paweł Kamiński
Institution: Jagiellonian University in Kraków (Poland)
Year of publication: 2016
Source: Show
Pages: 191-204
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PDF: ppsy/45/ppsy2016015.pdf

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. 


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