Department of Studies of Elites and Political Institutions

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The Department analyses the impact of collective actors on decision-making system as well as determinants and dynamics underlying their influence. Two major research projects have been carried out: ‘Resources and activities of state elites’ (2012-2016) and ‘Participation of society in the decision-making processes of the state’ (2015-2018).

In the framework of the first project we focused on administrative elites of the state and their networks of multilateral relations with other elites. The central question was how cooperation and competition between officials and politicians affects the way decisions are taken in the state (or the efficiency of the governance processes). We also looked at types and quality of social and cultural resources of administrative elites and the ways they use these resources – not only in decision-making, but also for the purpose of adaptation or empowerment towards institutional environment. In 2013 the research team conducted 50 structured interviews with (deputy) directors of the ministries as well as 3 case studies on legislative decisions with the participation of the elites under study.

The second project looks at the citizen legislative initiative (popular initiative) that constitutes a tool of direct democracy within the Polish system of representative democracy. We look at constitutional underpinnings as well as the practice of the functioning of this institution in Poland. Assessment is based on two criteria: civic participation on one hand and formation of decision-making mechanisms and legislative process in the parliament on the other. The principal objective is to explain the low level of efficiency of this institution as well as its continuous usage, despite widespread public awareness of its disadvantages and limitations. Our method relies on case studies (purposeful sampling of heterogeneous initiatives), as well as existing materials and interviews with representatives of the citizen committees.

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Anna Machcewicz, Ph.D.
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Political Thought Research Group - Head of the Department - Professor Janina Gładziuk-Okopień
Mateusz Janik, Ph.D.
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Marta Olesik, Ph.D.

Marta Olesik, Ph.D.

Research interests Political Theology Critical Theory Metaphysical Models as Representations...
Anna Machcewicz, Ph.D

Anna Machcewicz, Ph.D

Research interests Social Movements Anthropological and Social History of the Communist...
Professor Ewa Nalewajko
Department of Studies of Elites and Political Institutions

Professor Ewa Nalewajko

Research interests Power and political decisions State elites – autonomy and...
Professor Antoni Z. Kamiński
Department of Studies of Elites and Political Institutions

Professor Antoni Z. Kamiński

Research interests Strategic capacity of the state Comparative institutional systems...
Witold Betkiewicz, Ph.D.
Department of Studies of Elites and Political Institutions

Witold Betkiewicz, Ph.D.

Research interests The political elite, the administrative elite and their mutual...
Anna Radiukiewicz, Ph.D.
Department of Studies of Elites and Political Institutions

Anna Radiukiewicz, Ph.D.

Research interests Civil society and democracy (sociology of public life). Social...
Zofia Newlin-Mazaraki, Ph.D.
Department of Studies of Elites and Political Institutions

Zofia Newlin-Mazaraki, Ph.D.

Research interests Formation of civil society and pro-social attitudes Polish political...
Paweł Maranowski, M.A.
Department of Studies of Elites and Political Institutions

Paweł Maranowski, M.A.

Research interests Political sociology Theories of elites Political psychology Sociology...
Szymon Bródka, M.A.
Political Thought Research Group

Szymon Bródka, M.A.

Research interests Political philosophy History of liberalism Contemporary political...
Michał Pospiszyl, Ph.D.
Political Thought Research Group

Michał Pospiszyl, Ph.D.

Research interests history of biopolitics political theology visual culture political...
Bartosz Wójcik, M.A.
Political Thought Research Group

Bartosz Wójcik, M.A.

Research interests Hegel and German idealism Critical theories Contemporary political...