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Illusory Corporatism “Mark 2”’ in the Baltic States
Linköping University, REMESO - Institute for Research on Migration, Ethnicity and Society. Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1933-3847
(Estonian Social Research Centre)
2011 (English)In: Warsaw Forum of Economic Sociology, ISSN 2081-9633, Vol. 2, no 1 (3), 51-72 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In their paper the authors employ the notion of ‘illusory corporatism’ coined over a decade ago. In the Baltic states, despite introduction of neo-corporatist institutional arrangements, neo-liberal policies have prevailed, thus the term appears appropriate to describe the actual status of tripartite social dialogue in the area for many years. Following the onset of the global economic crisis, which deeply aff ected the Baltic region, neo-corporatist type arrangements seem to have been re-embraced by trade unions and received support of the state. However, this renewed interest in neo-corporatism is mostly a tactical move on the part of the state, aiming to facilitate social peace in the times of recession and the implementation of stern austerity measures, with trade unions largely failing to infl uence the shape of anti-crisis policies of governments. Th us this new chapter in the history of social dialogue in the Baltic states is labelled ‘illusory corporatism Mark 2’.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Warsaw: Warsaw School of Economics , 2011. Vol. 2, no 1 (3), 51-72 p.
Keyword [en]
Social dialogue, neocorporatism, Baltic States, economic crisis
National Category
Economics and Business
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-73513OAI: diva2:473730
East-West labour migration, industrial relations and labour standards in a Swedish-Baltic context, Visby Fund, Swedish Insititute
Available from: 2012-01-07 Created: 2012-01-07 Last updated: 2014-10-08

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