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Polish solidarity and transformational bargaining

Polish solidarity and transformational bargaining Polish Solidarity and Transformational Bargaining David jacobs Negotiations are capable of propelling profound social change, and bargaining may assume a transformational dimension if it results in a substantial shift of power between the parties involved. One case in point is the rise of the Polish trade union Solidarity, which for years has been explicitly committed to the use of negotiation to promote democratization and economic restructuring. The surprisingly fruitful "roundtable talks" that took place in 1989 between the and Solidarity provided the instrument for union­ Communist government government bargaining over a broad range of political and economic reforms. Negotiations over the future of Poland continue within the new Solidarity government today, as well as between factions of Solidarity, reformed Com­ munists, and other political parties in Poland. How is it that such a transfer of power may be negotiated? First, an under­ standing of the historical context in which Solidarity effected the transforma­ tional bargaining sheds some light on the basis for such a shift. Then I will examine some prerequisites of transformational bargaining, as well as analyze other, concurrent shifts in power and changes in Poland that have affected its experience with negotiated democratization. The Historical Context Ten http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Negotiation Journal Springer Journals

Polish solidarity and transformational bargaining

Negotiation Journal , Volume 8 (2) – Apr 1, 1992

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Publisher
Springer Journals
Copyright
Copyright © Plenum Publishing Corporation 1992
ISSN
0748-7526
eISSN
1571-9979
DOI
10.1007/bf01000633
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Abstract

Polish Solidarity and Transformational Bargaining David jacobs Negotiations are capable of propelling profound social change, and bargaining may assume a transformational dimension if it results in a substantial shift of power between the parties involved. One case in point is the rise of the Polish trade union Solidarity, which for years has been explicitly committed to the use of negotiation to promote democratization and economic restructuring. The surprisingly fruitful "roundtable talks" that took place in 1989 between the and Solidarity provided the instrument for union­ Communist government government bargaining over a broad range of political and economic reforms. Negotiations over the future of Poland continue within the new Solidarity government today, as well as between factions of Solidarity, reformed Com­ munists, and other political parties in Poland. How is it that such a transfer of power may be negotiated? First, an under­ standing of the historical context in which Solidarity effected the transforma­ tional bargaining sheds some light on the basis for such a shift. Then I will examine some prerequisites of transformational bargaining, as well as analyze other, concurrent shifts in power and changes in Poland that have affected its experience with negotiated democratization. The Historical Context Ten

Journal

Negotiation JournalSpringer Journals

Published: Apr 1, 1992

Keywords: Trade Union; Negotiation Journal; Solidarity Movement; Employee Ownership; Solidarity Union

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