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Porozumienie społeczne
Social Compact

Author(s): Zbigniew Bujak
Subject(s): Recent History (1900 till today), Politics and society, EU-Accession / EU-DEvelopment
Published by: Collegium Civitas
Keywords: Solidarity; social compact; Gdansk agreement; Round Table agreement; dignity; civil service;

Summary/Abstract: The social agreement is an original piece of European political culture. Poland’s contribution to resolving serious social problems in a non-violent manner are two key agreements that open and close the history of the Solidarity movement. In the presented article, many observations can be found, confirming the thesis that leaders hold high competences of compromise agreements, so important in the situation of differences and tensions in the multimillion social movement for which they have been responsible. They were, however, clear about the dangers of Soviet military intervention and consistently maintained the course of "self-limiting revolution". The architecture and organizational principles of Round Table talks in 1989, detailed in the article, are the best illustration of the leaders’ competences mentioned above.

  • Issue Year: 2016
  • Issue No: 7
  • Page Range: 187-215
  • Page Count: 29
  • Language: Polish