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5 - Public Administration in Poland in the Times of Populist Drift

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  17 August 2021

Michael W. Bauer
Affiliation:
German University of Administrative Sciences, Speyer
B. Guy Peters
Affiliation:
University of Pittsburgh
Jon Pierre
Affiliation:
University of Gothenberg
Kutsal Yesilkagit
Affiliation:
Universiteit Leiden
Stefan Becker
Affiliation:
German University of Administrative Sciences, Speyer
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This chapter looks at the changes in Polish public administration which have occurred as a result of liberal democratic backsliding since the 2015 elections. It begins with an outline of the theoretical perspective applied and the characteristics of Polish public administration. This is followed by a discussion of policies in this area pursued by the United Right ruling coalition and attempts to anticipate the possible consequences of erosion of the liberal democratic law-governed state. Next, specific dimensions featuring the implemented public administration policies are analysed, including the attitudes of officials and clerical staff toward change and the effects of external factors on public administration reforms. It ends with the conclusion that the scale and intensity of the policies implemented in Poland may lead to the decline and dismantling of democratic governance and to the emergence of a politicized oligarchic administration.

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Democratic Backsliding and Public Administration
How Populists in Government Transform State Bureaucracies
, pp. 100 - 126
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2021

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