Industrial relations in processes of political transition. Comparative Study of models: Argentina, Spain

The aim of this comparative study is to produce a bibliographic approach to labour relations in the transition periods from authoritarian régimes to pluralistic democracies. The Spanish transition and its process of consolidation constitute today a model for numerous countries.
It is of supreme interest to compare the cases of Argentina, Cuba, Mexico and Spain in order to observe the similarities and common general principles which allow us to outline some theoretical elements concerning these transitions. There is a lack of such comparative studies.
The models of industrial relations are a result of a complex interaction of diverse cultural, social, political and economic factors at a precise moment in history. However, specialized literature of régime transitions has barely shown any interest in these aspects. In general these studies have preferably paid attention to the political framework and, on a second plane, to the economic one. this has contributed to global perspectives of comprehension of the changes, but it still leaves other crucial questions about industrial relations unexplained.
The research wants to answer these questions, regarding the influence of pressure by labour and business organizations and public powers in the configuration of the industrial relation model.

Start date: 01/11/1993

Finish date: 01/03/1996

Financing: Ministerio de Educación y Ciencia- Subdirección General de Cooperación Internacional

Responsable researcher: Fausto Miguélez

Team: Antonio Martín, J. Carlos Torre (Instituto Torcuato di Tella-Buenos Aires. Universidad de San Diego-California.)

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