POST-SOVIET SOCIAL PARTNERSHIP:
THE POLITICAL AND CIVILIARCHIC DIMENSIONS OF SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

Ashot ALEXANYAN


Ashot Alexanyan, Ph.D. (Political Science), Assistant Professor at the Department of Political Science, Erevan State University; Vice-President of the Integration Promotion Center (NGO); and Member of the International Political Science Association (IPSA) (Erevan, Armenia)


Corporatism is not a categorical imperative since the modern democracies have many other methods of settling the conflicts of interests and reaching political compromises. None of them, however, is a priori more efficient than the others.

Philippe C. Schmitter

Introduction

The emergence and functioning of social partnership and a comparative analysis of the political and civiliarchic mechanisms of a constructive dialog can be described as indispensable for post-Soviet social life.

In the sociocratic context, the post-Soviet communities have reached the stage of internal and external systemic differentiation, which adds particular value to the democratization processes, the states wider social functions, the development of corresponding institutions, and the protection of civil rights and freedoms.

Having passed the first democratization stage, post-Soviet sociocracy and the system of social relations are doing practically nothing to resolve the problems at hand: they are not motivated enough to take the interests of social groups into account; social identities are vague, while value criteria are undeveloped.

The civiliarchic dimension of social partnership in contemporary social sciences calls for a comparative analysis of the sociocultural, economic, political, legal, and other aspects.

The following factors largely affect internal and external integration across the post-Soviet expanse:

(1) social instability;

(2) development of the middle class;

(3) formal trade unions;

(4) the political parties weak social basis;

(5) low level of social partnership and social responsibility.

The downfall of the Soviet totalitarian system produced new traits in the civil institutions social responsibility. The functional complexity of the mechanisms of the contemporary political processes has pushed social partnership problems to the fore, as well as a constructive dialog and civiliarchic responsibility as forms of cooperation among the political, economic, and social institutions. The need for new principles and methods of social partnership became obvious since the lowest level of the multistage institutionalization of its entities in the context of the corresponding policy increasingly affects management efficiency, human security, and the quality of life, as well as relations between employers and..


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