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10/22/96

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Poland's political, economic changes to be conference topic

STANFORD -- Poland's transition to a constitutional democracy and a market economy will be the subject of a conference at Stanford on Nov. 1-2. It will be held from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Friday and from 10 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. and from 2 to 6 p.m. on Saturday in the Wattis Room of the Littlefield Management Center.

The primary presenters will be Bronislaw Geremek, principal author of the 1981 Solidarity program and currently chairman of the foreign policy committee of the Sejm; Professor Jerzy Osiatynski, minister of planning from 1989 to 1991 and minister of finance from 1992 to 1993; Professor Hanna Suchocka, former prime minister of Poland from 1992 to 1993 and earlier the chair of the subcommittee on social and economic rights in the Constitutional Commission of the Sejm; and Professor Lech Garlicki, judge of the Constitutional Tribunal and a representative of the tribunal in the Constitutional Commission of the Parliament.

Friday's session will be devoted to a discussion of why the founders of democracy lost in democratic elections. The Saturday morning session will focus on economic ideas and realities of transition. Saturday afternoon sessions will discuss why Poland failed to enact a new constitution and the operation of a constitutional court in a state without a constitution.

John Davis Jr., the U.S. ambassador to Poland from 1987 to 1990, will be among the respondents. The conference is sponsored by the President's Office.

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