Jadwiga Emilewicz, Artur Wołek
ELIPSA, Warszawa 2002


Barbara Kudrycka
        Foreword to the English edition (p. 7)
Krzysztof Pawłowski
        Foreword to the second edition (p. 9)
Jerzy Regulski
        Foreword to the first edition (p. 11)
Rafał Matyja
        Reform or politics? (p. 17)
Jadwiga Emilewicz, Artur Wołek
        From the Authors (p. 21)

The knowledge and the will – or the pre-history of the reform (p. 25)
        The winding road to self-government (p. 26)
        A place to live or a place to work (p. 26)
        Activities during the times of People’s Poland (p. 27)
        A different opposition (p. 29)
        First ideas for a new deal (p. 30)
        “The Round Table” (p. 30)
        Restoration of the Gmina self-government (p. 31)
        The Gmina is not enough (p. 32)
        The Poviats mature (p. 34)
        Poviat – the first act (p. 36)
        The reform “across the divides”? (p. 38)
        In a void (p. 39)
        “Resistance” (p. 40)
        Above the parties (p. 41)
        Poviat games within the Parliament (p. 42).
        The self-government inder the new Constitution (p. 43)
        A new partner – “Solidarity” Election Action (AWS) (p. 44)
        The program of AWS (p. 45)
Document: The Program of the “Solidarity” Election Action (p. 46)

Emperor urgently needed - the decision on the reform (p. 49)
        An unexpected change of places (p. 49)
        Search for the leader (p. 51)
        Necessity breeds strange allies (p. 53)
        The Plenipotentiary – seminars with the Prime Minister, discussion with the Chairman (p. 55)
        Decision without a decision (p. 56)
        A time of fight (p. 57)
        A radical tempo (p. 58)
        Convincing the Coalition (p. 60)
        The Voivodship – running forward (p. 61)
        An offensive without generals (p. 63)
        Revolution and letting go (p. 64)
        A letter to the Council of Ministers (p. 66)
        Political horizons (p. 67)
        Memorandum for the Prime Minister (p. 69)
        Advisory Council for the Reform of the System of Government (p. 70)
Document: Coalition contract between Solidarity Election Action and the Freedom Union (p. 51)

Battles, stalks and skirmishes – defining the construction of the new self-government (p. 73)
        Development as the main focus (p. 73)
        Three metropolises (p. 74)
        Globalisation in our own backyard (p. 76)
        Corrections and measures of security (p. 78)
        The Mershal – splitting role (p. 79)
        The sew self-government – the beginning of the road (p. 81)
Document: Justification to the Resolution of the Council of Ministers No 101/97 on the rules for the preparation and introduction of the Public Administration Reform (abstract) (p. 75)

Small is beautiful – the return of the poviat (p. 83)
        Everybody comes from somewhere (p. 84)
        The Poviat map – escaping the domino principle (p .85)
        Large Poviats – the issue of money revealed from the first time (p. 86)
        Local pressures and return to normality (p. 88)
Document: The opinion of the Council of Ministers dated 6th January 1998 regarding the parliamentary draft to the Law on Poviat self-government (p. 85)

The counting rhymes or dispute on the number of voivodships (p. 91)
        Bargain or battle? (p. 92)
        Constructivism or rational strategy (p. 92)
        The failure of the “dozen” (p. 93)
        The number of Voivodships – the main conflict area (p. 94)
        Manoeuvres of the AWS (p. 95)
        A matter of honour (p. 97)
        The game Kwaśniewski played (p. 97)
        Failure on demand (p. 99)
        The voting (p. 101)
        Voivodships on fire (p. 102)
        The dialogue and passivity (p. 103)
        The Wailing Wall (p. 106)
        Branch offices – cure for the reform (p. 106)
        SLD – a total war (p. 108)
        There had been no bargaining (p. 109)
        The Democratic Left Alliance in Committees (p. 111)
        The Democratic Left Alliance in Committees – a croken backbone (p. 111)
Document: President of the Republic of Poland to Sejm of the Republic of Poland (p. 98)

Who is going to do it, or writing the electoral law (p. 115)
        Rules for the parties (p. 115)
        Do not over-estimate the Electoral Law (p. 116)
        Changing concepts, changing alliances (p. 117)
        Full proportionality (p. 118)
        Cliques and choices (p. 120)

War and diplomacy, or promoting the reform (p. 123)
        Hitchcock a la polonaise (p. 123)
        Splendid goods, hard to sell (p. 124)
        The media war (p. 124)
        The money that never was (p. 125)
        The war between the Government and the TV (p. 126)
        Diplomacy (p. 127)
        The mission of commercial broadcasters (p. 128)
        Money, once again (p. 128)
        Manipulations of the TV (p. 129)
        A complaint to the National Broadcasting Council (p. 130)
        Self-made media people (p. 131)
        Support of the self-government circles (p. 132)
        The world’s chipset campaign (p. 134)
        To win over the journalists? (p. 134)
        Journalists, politicians and maps (p. 135)
Document: A complaint to the National Broadcasting Council (p. 130)

Skirmishes, battles and wars – the fight for competencies acts (p. 137)
        Everything but enthusiasm (p. 138)
        Different worlds, conflicting mentalities (p. 138)
        Technologies of change (p. 139)
        Reform made by students (p. 140)
        Half-way solutions: labour offices (p. 141)
        How battles are lost (p. 142)
        State-controlled means “important” (p. 142)
        The reform is trendy (p. 143)
        Special administrations – are full of conflicts (p. 143)
        Fighting against time (p. 144)
        The consolidated services (p. 144)
        Reformatory craziness? (p. 145)
        Pleasant surprises (p. 146)
        Extraordinary manner of procedure (p. 147)
        Correcting the work of the Government (p. 148)
        Ministerial lobbing (p. 148)
        Geodesy – a classic lobbing case (p. 149)
        Deputies support ministerial interests (p. 151)
        Passive Prime Minister (p. 152)
        Art schools – roundabout lobbing (p. 152)
        Battles los (p. 153)
        Neglected modernization of the country-side (p. 153)
        A reasonable compromise (p. 154)
Document: Plenipotentiary to the Prime Minister (p. 154)

The story of a lost wallet – or the finances of new self-government (p. 155)
        A dismantled triangle (p. 155)
        A different reform (p. 156)
        The reform not so important (p. 157)
        Has someone calculated that? (p. 158)
        The calculations are worthless (p. 159)
        A semblance of order (p. 160)
        Under-estimates (p. 160)
        The Committee corrects (p. 162)
        Slef-government on a leash (p. 163)
        Who took away the allowances? (p. 164)
        Han anybody seen the reform? (p. 165)
        Seven seals of development (p. 166)
        Pay the debts of others? (p. 166)
        Officialdom of the Poviats (p. 167)
        Theatrical lamentations of self-government (p. 168)
        The new management (p. 169)

The real start of the reform – implementation (p. 171)
        Reform – the beginning of changes (p. 171)
        Who is going to implement the reform? (p. 173)
        The fall of the Plenipotentiary (p. 174)
        Tried with the reform (p. 175)
        The battle for assets (p. 175)
        Training – a scandal (p. 177)
        The implementation acts (p. 178)
        Assets and people – technologies for implementation (p. 179)
        Faraway officers (p. 179)
        Mistakes of the reform, errors of implementation (p. 180)
        The Marshal needs to grow (p. 181)
        Taking stock (p. 182)
        Controlled chaos (p. 182)

The rich and beautiful stranger: waiting for regional policy (p. 185)
        Tools which ban be used (p. 186)
        What are we supposed to do with it? (p. 187)
        Waiting for Europe (p. 187)
        “The Empire Strikes Back?” (p. 188)

Michał Kulesza
        Closing Words – From Today’s Perspective (p. 191)
                The Plenipotentiary leaves (p. 191)
                A brief summary (p. 193)
                A few personal reflections (p. 197)
                Political reflection (p. 200)
                From today’s perspective (p. 202)
                A toast unfulfilled (p. 206)

No. 1: Selected Articles from the new Constitution of the Republic of Poland, 1997 (p. 207)
No. 2: Regulation of the Council of Ministers regarding the establishment of the position of the  
           Government Plenipotentiary for the Systemic Reform of the State (Dec. 9, 1997) (p. 213)
           Resolution No. 101/97 of the Council of Ministers regarding the rules for preparing and
           implementing the Public Administration Reform (Dec. 23. 1997) and Justification to the Resolution
           No. 101/97 (p. 214)
           Agenda of the Reform 1998-99 (Dec. 31, 1997) (p. 221)
No.3: Selected information on Public Administration Reform in Poland, 1998-99 (p. 223)

Glossary (p. 243)

Selected bibliography (p. 245)

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