Cover

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Title Page, Copyright Page

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Contents

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p. vii

Illustrations

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p. ix

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Acknowledgments

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pp. xi-xii

I am grateful to many individuals and institutions in the United States and Poland for their help in the completion of this study. My greatest appreciation goes to Mitchell Orenstein, my dissertation advisor at the Maxwell School, Syracuse University, who provided expert guidance, support, and encouragement through the entire

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1. Introduction

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pp. 3-21

The fall of communism in East Central Europe opened the door for new governments to extend authority and decision- making power to citizens in lower- level government. Though much of the purpose of this fi rst wave of decentralization was to undermine communist strongholds in heavily centralized bureaucracies, it was also relatively ...

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2. Historical Background: Counties and Provinces in Poland

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pp. 22-38

The 1999 public administration reform has its roots deep in Poland’s history. Mid- level territorial division in Poland dates back to the twelfth and thirteenth centuries when provinces of the Polish lands grew to prominence. During this “period of fragmentation” of the Polish kingdom, provinces became increasingly self-sufficient ...

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3. A Theoretical Framework for Understanding the Politics of Decentralization

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pp. 39-48

From fall, 1997, to winter, 1999, the right coalition government was engaged in numerous political battles that would ultimately compromise reform goals. During this period of intense legislative work many conflicting interests emerged, which resulted in compromises that pushed reform in unintended directions. Ideologies ...

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4. The Politics of Decentralization, 1997–98

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pp. 49-76

From fall, 1997, through 1998 members of parliament, government officials, bureaucrats, researchers, interest groups, and average citizens weighed in on discussions about public administration reform in an effort to influence written reform policy. Sub- debates sprang up around each of the four parts of the reform: administrative ...

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5. Analysis of Policy and Outcomes for Social Service Delivery

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pp. 77-107

The preceding discussion on the politics of the public administration reform and its broad impact on outcomes uncovered ways in which large- scale pressures and processes impacted on the reform as a whole. As alluded to, however, each individual public service area was affected not only by these more macro- scale events but ...

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6. Conclusion: A Synthesis of Politics and Outcomes

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pp. 108-118

Decentralizing Poland involved an array of actors and ideas interacting in a political and administrative framework that all worked to shape reform outcomes in particular ways. Closer examination of the politics of the 1999 public administration reform reveals that certain patterns of political behavior resulted in specific policy outcomes ...

Appendix A: The Constitution of the Republic of Poland, April 2, 1997 (excerpts)

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pp. 119-122

Appendix B: European Charter of Local Self- Government (excerpt)

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pp. 123-128

Appendix C: Survey Instrument

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pp. 129-144

Notes

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pp. 145-160

Bibliography

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pp. 161-170

Index

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pp. 171-176