Doradztwo naukowe w pracach Sejmu
SCIENTIFIC CONSULTANCY SERVICES IN THE WORK OF THE SEJM
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The article briefl y reviews the concept of scientifi c consultancy services in the work of the Sejm. The author presents their organisation, legal basis for acquisition of expert reports and, generally, the role they play in the parliamentary decision-making process. Persons performing scientifi c consultancy services are answerable not only to those who employ them as experts, but also to the scientifi c world and society at large. Academic or research workers are always bound by ethical standards, disregarding the place where the consultancy is rendered. The purpose of appointment of experts is to provide support for the decision-maker (i.e. the legislative power) in resolving problems that are of vital interest to the nation. The Sejm has to benefi t from specialist knowledge as a result of complexity of modern life processes and a wide range of matters it has to address. Therefore, the participation of experts should ensure rationality of Sejm’s operation and minimise the risk of making wrong decisions in matters of public interest. The author presents proposals for improvement in the current practice of consultative services rendered to the Sejm along with amendments of legal provisions in this respect.
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