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Bezpartyjni prezydenci miast i ich znaczenie dla lokalnej polityki
Non-partisan Mayors and Their Impact on Local Politics

Author(s): Adam Gendźwiłł
Subject(s): Politics / Political Sciences
Published by: EUROREG - Uniwersytet Warszawski, Regional Studies Association - Sekcja Polska
Keywords: local politics; independent mayors; independent lists; non-partisanship; political parties

Summary/Abstract: The aim of the article is to describe the phenomenon of non-partisanship of local governments in large Polish cities. It is a report from a research conducted in Wrocław, Gdynia and Katowice. The article contains a description of typical justifications of non-partisanship, an identification of differences between partisan and non-partisan city councilors and a description of quasi-partisan organizations functioning as political support for non-partisan mayors. The results of the research confirm the existence of a specific category of local activists consistently rejecting party politics and very often having no political ambitions concerning higher levels of government; this category is typical for quasi-partisan organizations. The research demonstrates that non-partisanship can be a means of institutionalization of a particular manner of understanding and making politics. One of the final conclusions is that the problems of partisanship and non-partisanship at the local level are derivatives of a vague relationship between public administration and politics at the local level.

  • Issue Year: 11/2010
  • Issue No: 40
  • Page Range: 99-120
  • Page Count: 22
  • Language: Polish