Reflections on the Proposal to Introduce a Term Limit for Elected Officials Effects and Implications

Author: Joanna Marszałek-Kawa
Institution: Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń
Year of publication: 2018
Source: Show
Pages: 752-761
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PDF: ppsy/47-4/ppsy2018412.pdf

The problem of the lack of “generational replacement” in Poland is particularly evident on the local self-government level. For years, there has been an ongoing public debate on the adoption of legal solutions introducing term-limits for the office of commune head, mayor and president of the city. Politicians of Law and Justice returned to their idea from 2005 and, shortly before the local elections of 2018, decided to prepare new regulations in this respect. They argued that the adopted solutions create real prospects for implementing projects by young politicians and activists. However, the issue was hotly debated and the initiators’ motives were put into question. There is no doubt that a two-term limit in local selfgovernment units has always stirred up emotions. A lot of self-government officials perceive it as a regulation which violates the provisions of the Constitution of the RP. The aim of this paper is to present the public debate on the adopted solutions and discuss their assumptions.


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