Trade unions, NGOs and social solidarity in Romania<sup>1</sup>

Cristina Stănuş

in Reinventing Social Solidarity Across Europe

Published by Policy Press

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9781847427274
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447305552 | DOI:
Trade unions, NGOs and social solidarity in Romania1

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Theorists and practitioners alike assume that citizen participation helps build public space democratically, on the basis of a set of values such as civic commitment, social equality, solidarity, trust and tolerance and respect for diversity and difference. Drawing upon an analysis of social solidarity in Romania, this chapter utilizes an empirical perspective to analyse the link between (different forms of) citizen participation and social solidarity. A working definition of social solidarity at the micro level is employed that emphasizes four components: identification of the individual with the collective, commitment to the common good, empathy and trust. The chapter centrally addresses whether efforts to stimulate citizen participation have also resulted in changing the configuration of social solidarity at the micro level to address key issues: what is the exact, if any, role played by the TUs and NGOs? And is social solidarity being (re)-invented to include a transnational component? And, are some of the participatory methods and processes (or forms of civic participation) more adequate than others for enhancing the transnational component of social solidarity? The chapter analyses these questions by linking the micro and macro levels in a mixed research design, using survey data, secondary data analysis and in-depth individual interviews.

Keywords: solidarity; social solidarity; unions; participation; democracy; Romania; citizenship; dialogue

Chapter.  7092 words. 

Subjects: Social Movements and Social Change

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