Parliamentary teams as forms of deputies’ self-organization. The results of a Polish exploratory study
In the article I present the results of an exploratory study of Polish parliament based on the concept of self-organizing systems formulated by W. Ross Ashby. This conceptual framework seems useful for parliamentary studies as it helps to determine the necessary conditions for a group to be a self-organizing system. The study shows that Polish parliamentary teams could be included into this category.
The empirical part of the study utilized data regarding the Polish Sejm and Senate between 2007 and 2011. Internal regulations of the teams, their party composition and activities have been studied with the use of qualitative research tools.