This 2002 book examines the relationship between governments, labor and business in central and eastern Europe as capitalism develops. This triple forum for social dialogue in Bulgaria and Poland is described as 'tripartism', a new post-communist species of state-society interaction and a brand of capitalism distinct from American neo-liberalism, western European neo-corporatism and Japanese statism. These forums are understood as institutionalizing of conflict among post-communist social actors in the industrial arena, and consist of three specific elements: political negotiations, civic participation, and multi-level bargaining. The book explains variations in the establishment and functioning of tripartite institutions across central and eastern European countries, industries and regions, with corporatist legacies and legacies of extrication paths from state socialism. Integration into the international economy and polity, especially European integration, has somewhat diminished differences and, in the long run, is helping preserve and maintain social dialogue structures in the central and eastern European region.
• Well-written and clear • A new approach in the analysis of the transition from state socialism to capitalism • Incorporates new and significant research from the field
1. Hybrid capitalism in the making; 2. The corporatist legacy of state socialism; 3. Bulgaria's national tripartism; 4. National social dialogue in Poland; 5. The politics of sectoral tripartism; 6. The politics of regional tripartism; 7. Conclusions: transiency and continuity.
'… This is without doubt an impressive piece of work, providing on the whole an excellent survey of the first decade or so of systemic transformation … In years to come, when we want to know about post-communist tripartism this will undoubtedly be one of the books we turn to.' International Affairs
'… offers a very useful account of the role of corporatist institutions in facilitating economic and political liberalization.' Political Studies Review