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Challenges to Representative Democracy

A European Perspective


Edited By Robert Wiszniowski

Using different perspectives and various approaches, this collection of diagnostic texts aims at presenting all the possible faces of the contemporary Nation-State. Based on political science methodology, this volume is devoted to both theory and practice. The structure of the book is unconventional. The issues presented are extremely contextual, subject to an ongoing discussion and mostly unpredictable. From the scientific point of view, the territorial differentiation in the traditional uniform of the Nation-State is simply reconfigured and reshaped due to the new logic of internal market competition.
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Regional governance in Polish version: voivodship social dialog commissions


Jacek Sroka

General Kosciuszko Academy of Land Forces in Wrocław, Poland

It’s been long enough; it seems, since the beginning of tripartism in Poland to analyze the hypotheses put forward at its origin. This paper begins with general ideas, but focuses on regional “details” and the relevance of Sylvie Mouranche’s claim in her brochure from 1996 regarding the Central European industrial relations. She wrote there that the “Creation of centralized tripartite institutions in Central Europe illustrates the basic contradictions in the transformation process. The universally shared objective of that transformation was the liberal model of decentralized market economy, whereas the starting point of the changes was the hypercentralized system where the differences between interests were not represented but organized by independent partners” (Mouranche 1996, p. 69).

In the light of that opinion the crucial question is this: Are the Voivodship Social Dialog Commissions (VSDCs) the leaders of systemic changes or status quo rentiers? The complete answer to such a question should regard, however, the system itself, what it is and more specifically what constitutes it. Obviously, it is not about providing a definition of a political system or a system of industrial relations and differentiating schools of systemic analysis. Such rudimentary expectations are no longer what the Polish social dialog wants; now we do possess that knowledge – just like the citizens of many other European countries.

This does not, however, necessarily mean that we know everything about social dialog...

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