The dynamics of tripartism in post-democratic transitions: comparative lessons from Spain and Poland

Guglielmo Meardi*, Juliusz Gardawski, Oscar Molina

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Abstract

The article compares the role of tripartism during and after democratic transitions in Spain and Poland. In both countries it emerged after a negotiated transition from dictatorship, but it was poorly institutionalised. While it fell short of ‘neocorporatist’ levels of governance, it had a ‘foundational’ function in stabilising both political and economic transitions, and despite its limitations, it endured for decades in the frequent, if unregular, practice of negotiating ‘social pacts’. The comparison reveals some striking similarities despite the contrasting economic systems of origin, and identifies some structural constants in the evolution of post-democratic tripartism, up to the recent crisis.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)398-417
Number of pages20
JournalBusiness History
Volume57
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 3 Apr 2015

Keywords

  • corporatism
  • democratisation
  • Poland
  • Spain
  • tripartism

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