POLISH RESEARCH ON PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION
It is difficult to provide a valid and reliable survey of the research priorities of Polish universities and non public schools in the administrative studies in general with regard to European topics. A research priority can mean one of several things: official priorities of a university or non public school, a faculty or a department; large or small research projects with external or inter-school funding; or personal priorities of professors and other teachers and scholars.
Comprehensive inventory or research projects in the field of public administration do not exist in Poland yet and are not currently available (even in Internet home pages). It has to be stressed that only few institutions responded for asking for research data.
For the moment, there are no specialized research centers operating within universities.
Separate research units do not exist within the structure of Polish universities and non-public schools. In both, special units E.G. within institutes’ didactic and scientific activity conduct research. Academic teachers conducted the most of researches for gaining academic degrees (Doctor, Habilited Doctor).
Among the 30 educational programs analyzed, few supplied enough information about conducted research. Priority was given especially for conceptions and analyses, which compares local government functioning in both Poland and Europe.
During the last five years in the area of “The European and comparative dimension in Public Administration”, quite a lot of research has been carried out. These topics include:
- History of Polish and World Local Government
- Comparison of Local Government
- Comparison on Civil Service System
- The Role of Local Governments in Period of the Political System Transformation
- Position and Role of Local Government in the United Europe
- Functioning of Trans- Frontier Region
Apart from research which analyzed international public administration, many analyzes were concentrated on specific public administration issues in Poland.
Institute of Public Affairs in Warsaw is the largest research center in public administration, (not including other research centers offered within universities and non-public schools). It is non-governmental and non-profit research institute, established in 1995. Over 200 researchers co-operate with the institute. In 1998 – 1999 the Institute published 18 books and 25 research reports.
Annex 3 provides the lists of updating comparative research.
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