The Institutional Development of a Minimal Parliament: the Case of the Polish Sejm
Examinations of Polish society in the late 1970s (Blazynski, 1979; de Weydenthal, 1979; Simon and Kanet, 1981) depicted a situation in which the intensification of citizen demands for a variety of economic, social and political benefits and rights placed heavy strains on the institutional capacities of the system. Even before Solidarity, pressure from workers and other strata 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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