© 2016 – Routledge
This book examines developments in Poland from 1989 to the present. Based on extensive original research, including the author’s interviews with many of the leading participants, the book discusses the different visions for a post-communist Poland held by different parties and individuals, and outlines how events have unfolded, and how these visions have been either implemented, frustrated or modified.
1. Introduction: Interpreting 1989 – Conflicting Conceptions of the Roundtable Deal and the Impact on Contemporary Polish Politics 2. Explaining Endemic Instability: The Post-Communist Political Landscape and the Institutional Legacy of the Roundtable 3. It’s the Economy Stupid! Evaluating ‘Shock Therapy’ and the Legacy of the Balcerowicz Plan 4. The Idea of Poland after Communism: Competing Visions 5. Church and State in Post-Communist Poland 6. Whither Poland? Conclusions and Assessments by Key Players