This book describes the features of Poland's democratic system: political institutions, parties, elections, and leaders that have shaped the transition from communism. It examines the Walesa phenomenon and the uneasy relationship between the presidency, parliament, and the prime minister.
0. Introduction: Approaches to Democratization 1. Historic Discontinuities: Dynasties, Republics, Partitions 2. The Functioning of the Communist Regime 3. Crises of the Communist System 4. Coalition Formation and Crisis Resolution 5. Democratic Structures of the Third Republic 6. Socioeconomic Development, Foreign Policy, and the International Political Economy