The Polish Civil Service Corps and its changes: Studies from the Warsaw Seminar of Administration Axiology – eds. Z. Cieślak, W. Drobny.

In the introduction of this collective work, the editors write, ‘when considering the meaning and essence of the public service in the context of Polish legal conditions regulating the national civil service corps, it becomes inevitable that they are subject to constant change. In a superficial assessment of this phenomenon, it is possible to take the view – albeit a simplified one – that this is an effect of the legislature’s instrumental treatment of this area of law. However, in a deeper analysis of the legal system one cannot fail to notice the interdependence between the public legal character of the public service and the features of administrative law, to which the civil servant law belonged at its beginning. The Administrative Law System defines a catalogue of special attributes of this branch of law by indicating, in particular, its mutability. The basic function of administrative law-making is to achieve socially expected, practical effects in social relations, including in the area of state management.’

‘The recent amendment of civil servants’ duties which regulates the way public administration personnel operate has rekindled public discourse, not only on the legitimacy of the changes introduced, but also on the legitimacy of the legislature in general to interfere with those provisions. Thus, the changes in the Polish civil service have become the subject of recent studies at the Warsaw Seminar on the Axiology of Administration. The seminar’s open, inter-university formula, which has been applied continuously since 1997, has made it possible to focus the research on varied and complex issues. Ultimately, they were formulated in three main research lines:

  • the civil service corps and its changes;
  • the place of a member of the civil service corps in the processes of administration; and
  • the praxeological dimension of the behaviour of civil service corps members.

These research lines are reflected in the structure of the publication. The discussion is set in the context of axiological conditions and illustrated with examples of specific legal solutions in selected segments of the public service.’

As noted by Dobrosław Dowiat-Urbański, Head of the Civil Service and author of the introduction to this publication, ‘the articles which make up the publication The Polish Civil Service Corps and its changes: Studies from the Warsaw Seminar on the Axiology of Administration contain valuable insights and comments that address both general and specific issues relating to various aspects of the work of the Civil Service. They can be divided into three subject areas, to which the panel discussions at the conference were devoted: the civil service corps and its changes, the place of a civil service member in administration processes, and the praxeological dimension of the behaviour of civil service corps members. The publication owes its high scholarly value partly to the fact that the contributors are recognised academics who have been studying the problems of public administration for many years, and also administration practitioners – former or still active civil servants holding high, responsible positions. I hope that reading their texts will inspire readers to a deeper reflection of the condition of the Polish civil service, which after all is one of the pillars of our state.’

Redaktorzy: Zbigniew Cieślak, Wojciech Drobny
Recenzje: dr hab. Mateusz Błachucki, dr Marcin Mazuryk, dr Piotr Zuzankiewicz
ISBN: 978-83-66300-05-7 (książka)
e-ISBN: 978-83-66300-06-4 (ebook)
Ilość stron: 147

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