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A core in check: the transformation of the Polish core executive

Zubek, Radoslaw (2001) A core in check: the transformation of the Polish core executive. Journal of European Public Policy, 8 (6). pp. 911-932. ISSN 1350-1763

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Identification Number: 10.1080/13501760110098288


A new political environment and constitutional reforms have enabled the Polish executive to overcome communist legacies; but its capacity to shape policy remains checked by significant systemic, political and organizational constraints. Within the political system, the core executive is constrained by presidential veto powers and parliamentary activism. Successive governments have been dominated by their supporting parties. Internally, the core executive has been constrained by limited political and organizational resources available to the prime minister, the problematic design of the Chancellery and weakly developed instruments for political co-ordination. While a restricted policy-shaping capacity of the executive may have ensured additional legitimacy for systemic reforms during early stages of democratic transition, it also contributes to defective policy choices and executive impotency, as is demonstrated by the failure of income tax reform during the late 1990s. There is some evidence to suggest, however, that the Polish executive is likely to tighten its grip on public policy-making in future.

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Additional Information: © 2001 Taylor & Francis
Divisions: European Institute
Subjects: J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
Date Deposited: 19 Nov 2008 15:32
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2021 00:44

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