Social Pacting in Times of Crisis
Department of Economic Sociology Warsaw School of Economics Warsaw, Poland
In early 2009 a dramatic change is occurring in Polish labour market.
After a brief period of prosperity, economic conditions are now quickly
deteriorating, which is reflected in increasing unemployment rate. As
crisis is unfolding and numerous (often contradictory) scenarios for the near
future are being written, there is a sudden change in climate surrounding
social dialogue. While in times of prosperity social partners proved
incapable of reaching any substantial agreement, their propensity
towards compromise and, ultimately, concluding a social pact is likely
to increase in the era of crisis.