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The Transformation of Labor Unions in Eastern Europe: The Case of Bulgaria


  • Derek C. Jones


This paper describes changes in trade unions in Bulgaria, where a fundamental shift away from the old communist union model is in progress. The author discusses the emergence of plural unionism, changes in the structure and functions of unions, and changing relationships between unions and political parties. These developments, he concludes, demonstrate that it is possible for unions formerly under strong centralized state control to implement effective labor reforms and to contribute to broader social reforms. Moreover, the author views this transformation in Bulgaria as a lasting one, barring severe political reversals.

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  • Derek C. Jones, 1992. "The Transformation of Labor Unions in Eastern Europe: The Case of Bulgaria," ILR Review, Cornell University, ILR School, vol. 45(3), pages 452-470, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:sae:ilrrev:v:45:y:1992:i:3:p:452-470

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    1. Guillermo J. Grenier, 1996. "Transformations and Transitions: The Changing Nature of Labor Organizations in Post-Communist Europe and the Implications for Labor in Cuba," Annual Proceedings, The Association for the Study of the Cuban Economy, vol. 6.
    2. Jones, Derek & Klinedinst, Mark & Rock, Charles, 1998. "Productive Efficiency during Transition: Evidence from Bulgarian Panel Data," Journal of Comparative Economics, Elsevier, vol. 26(3), pages 446-464, September.

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