The Institutional Development of a Minimal Parliament: the case of the Polish Sejm

  • David M. Olson
  • Maurice D. Simon

Abstract

The past decade of Polish socialism has been marked by accelerated social and economic changes which have presented serious political challenges for the Communist Party leadership. Recent examinations of Polish society (de Weydenthal, 1979; Blazynski, 1979; Simon and Kanet, 1980) depict a situation in which the intensification of citizen demands for a variety of economic, social and political benefits and rights have placed heavy strains on the institutional capacities of the system. The working class disturbances of 1970 and 1976 followed by the labour tensions and work stoppages of more recent years, in particular, have underscored the need for more effective governance. Indeed, since 1970 such pressures have prompted the ruling Polish United Workers Party (PUWP) repeatedly to issue promises to reform and perfect governing institutions by promoting ‘socialist democracy’ (Zawadzki, 1980a).

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Europe Rubber Coherence Assure Arena 

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  • Maurice D. Simon

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