Although much has been written about contemporary Poland, discussions that provide a balanced assessment of the current situation are in short supply. To correct that problem, this book offers a cross-section of intellectual opinion within Poland, including original research and works of synthesis that draw on Polish research and writing that have been, for the most part, inaccessible to scholars outside Poland. The contributors' views avoid the extremes of condemnation or defense of the system and make possible a more complete understanding of present-day realities. Their perspectives are moderated by the fact that, although the authors recognize the need for reform and change, they also take into consideration the great constraints facing all who would confront serious national issues. The discussions range from examinations of social structure and class to evaluations of the significance of the state apparatus in the analysis of policy and assessments of economic performance.

chapter |7 pages


ByLawrence S. Graham

part One|60 pages

Politics and the State

chapter 1|24 pages

The Party System, Involvement in Politics, and Political Leadership

ByJerzy J. Wiatr

chapter 2|32 pages

The Contemporary Polish State: Structures and Functions

ByWojciech Sokolewicz

part Two|24 pages

Social Structures and Attitudes

chapter 3|10 pages

Change in Social Structure and the Increased Significance of the Working Class

ByWładysław Markiewicz

chapter 4|12 pages

Polish Catholicism as an Expression of National Identity

ByWładysław Piwowarski

part Three|62 pages

Socioeconomic Change and Dislocations

chapter 5|21 pages

Agriculture in Modern Poland

ByRyszard Manteuffel-Szoege

chapter 6|15 pages

Economic Development in Light of Regional Differences

ByJerzy Kruczała

chapter 7|24 pages

Rural-Urban Linkages and Change

ByAndrzej Stasiak

part Four|36 pages

The Sources of Tension Within the System

chapter 8|23 pages

Problems in the Development of Social Infrastructure in Poland

ByMaria Κ. Ciechocińska

chapter 9|11 pages

Sociopsychological Aspects of the Polish Crisis

ByJanusz Reykowski

part Five|52 pages

A Reassessment of the Polish Dilemma

chapter 10|19 pages

Politics, the Economy, and Society: How They Interrelate

ByAndrzej Rychard

chapter 11|29 pages

Some Lessons from the Historical Experience of Poland's Development

ByJózef Pajestka