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The Anatomy of the New Poland

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The Anatomy of the New Poland

Post-Communist Politics in its First Phase

9781852789244 Edward Elgar Publishing
Frances Millard, Reader in East European Politics, School of Social and Historical Studies, University of Portsmouth, UK
Publication Date: 1994 ISBN: 978 1 85278 924 4 Extent: 272 pp
The Anatomy of the New Poland examines the nature and scope of political change in the first years of post-communist politics in Poland.

Poland is significant not only because events there triggered the downfall of Communism throughout the region, but also because of the bold economic experiments of the new Polish leadership.  Covering the period from the Round table negotiations of 1989 to the second free parliamentary elections in September 1993, the book blends an examination of the general features of communist systems and the challenges for democratic development in Eastern Europe with a specific analysis of the situation in Poland.

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The Anatomy of the New Poland examines the nature and scope of political change in the first years of post-communist politics in Poland.

Poland is significant not only because events there triggered the downfall of Communism throughout the region, but also because of the bold economic experiments of the new Polish leadership. Covering the period from the Round table negotiations of 1989 to the second free parliamentary elections in September 1993, the book blends an examination of the general features of communist systems and the challenges for democratic development in Eastern Europe with a specific analysis of the situation in Poland.

In an authoritative analysis, Frances Millard discusses the shaping of the new constitutional framework and the interplay of political institutions in Poland while highlighting the influences upon the development of political parties and the emergence of a new party system. The dilemmas and achievements of post-communist politics are illustrated with reference to topical issues of decommunization and privatization.

Written in a clear, accessible style, this book links developments in Poland to general themes in political science. As an assessment of the factors that undermine, and those that further, the emergence of democratic politics, it will be welcomed by scholars and students of the development and transformation of post-communist societies.
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‘Frances Millard’s analysis is illuminating and useful because it deals with the political as well as the economic realities of life in post communist Poland and scrutinizes the close links between the two. . . . All in all, it is a book that can be recommended to those who have a desire to develop a more thorough understanding of the Polish predicament today.’
– Janusz J. Tomiak, International Affairs

‘Frances Millard has produced a book which is likely to establish itself as the most widely read account of the first four years of Poland’s post-Communist development. Its virtues are that it is clearly written, admirably organized and very balanced in its coverage and judgements.’
– Wendy Bracewell, The Slavonic Review
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