2016 | 45 | 191–204
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Political Parties and Trade Unions in the Post–Communist Poland: Class Politics that Have Never a Chance to Happen

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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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The research presented in this article was made possible by the PhD research grant funded by Ruhr University in Bochum with collaboration with Jagiellonian University in Kraków.
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