Since the late seventies considerable changes have affected the economic, political, and social conditions of social partnership action. Growing uncertainties related to an increasingly intertwined world economy, the end of high growth rates, increased unemployment, the erosion of homogenous interests, etc. have given new fuel to the question of the decline of corporatism. Most recently, external incisive changes in social partnership are being underscored with watchwords such as “internationalization” and “globalization.” Together with internal undermining tendencies of the system, such as calling into question the existence of chambers and the declining degree of the organization of labor unions, the question arises as to what survival potential and what future social partnership will have.