The article, by juxtaposing the Polish and the American democratic consolidations, examines the deficiencies of the state transformation in Poland, focusing specifically on the conflict between a procedural and a substantive interpretation of democratic order. The analysis of the act that initiated the process of transition to democracy, the Roundtable Accord of 1989, is followed by a case study of an imperfect consensus and political compromise, the choices of electoral laws. After discussion of some other cases of ill-conceived institutional designs, the article concludes with an analysis of the socio-political background of the institutional transformation in Poland.
Research Article| March 01 2000
Dead ends and new beginnings: the quest for a procedural republic in Poland
Communist and Post-Communist Studies (2000) 33 (1): 101–122.
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Krzysztof Jasiewicz; Dead ends and new beginnings: the quest for a procedural republic in Poland. Communist and Post-Communist Studies 1 March 2000; 33 (1): 101–122. doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/S0967-067X(99)00027-6
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