Law and society research in Poland has occurred in five main areas: (1) the place of law in social structure; (2) the impact of law on different areas of social life, especially the connection of law with the economy, politics, and morality; (3) the conditions for the effectiveness of law as a tool of social change (legal policy); (4) change in legal consciousness and attitudes toward law; (5) and the dysfunctionality of legal culture. Due to the peculiar experiences of the Polish nation, one may identify three different periods in law and society research.

1918 to 1939

The necessity of integration of the state after 1918 stimulated law and society scholarship. The main tool used for the process of integration of territories from the three empires (Russia, ...

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