Neighbourhood Council as a Path of Political Career Development in Poland
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University of Warsaw
Ministry of Infrastructure and Development
Publication date: 2015-06-30
Polish Sociological Review 2015;190(2):223–238
The article discusses the role of sub-municipal (neighbourhood, city district) councils as a path to a political career in Polish big cities. The reported research is based on data from six Polish cities. The analysis of social composition of the group of neighbourhood councillors refers to Putnam’s law of increasing disproportionality. Through reference to various theoretical concepts, the process of selection is divided into three stages: self-selection, pre-selection (top-down selection) and bottom-up selection. The role of neighbourhood councils is considered in the context of the concepts of the “incubator” and “respirator” of a political career.
The paper is based on the results of a research project “Neighbourhood councils in management of big cities” funded by a grant from the National Research Council for Academic Research (Narodowe Centrum Nauki). Grant number: 2011/01/B/HS4/03397.