Is the Polish democracy in danger?

Poland's democracy in danger? The Kaczynski brothers in power

Poland's democracy in danger? The Kaczynski brothers in power
[Journal article]

Abstract

In Poland, the 2005 elections ended with a victory for the national conservative Law and Justice party (PiS). The PiS became the strongest party and won the presidential election with its candidate Lech Kaczynski. The transfer of power to the PiS raised concerns about the future of the Polish Democrat ... more

In Poland, the 2005 elections ended with a victory for the national conservative Law and Justice party (PiS). The PiS became the strongest party and won the presidential election with its candidate Lech Kaczynski. The transfer of power to the PiS raised concerns about the future of Polish democracy and the rule of law as the party and its leaders announced the creation of a 'Fourth Republic'. In addition, the PiS cooperated with populist and nationalist parties to give their government a parliamentary majority. However, there is no evidence that Poland is becoming an authoritarian system. Rather, the power politics of the PiS government could usher in a polarized majority democracy. (ICEÜbers) ... less


'The 2005 Polish elections resulted in the victory of the national-conservative Law and Justice (PiS). PiS came out as the strongest party of the parliamentary elections, and its candidate Lech Kaczynski was the winner of the presidential contest. The power handover to PiS sparked concerns about the ... more

'The 2005 Polish elections resulted in the victory of the national-conservative Law and Justice (PiS). PiS came out as the strongest party of the parliamentary elections, and its candidate Lech Kaczynski was the winner of the presidential contest. The power handover to PiS sparked concerns about the prospects of Polish democracy and the rule of law, since the party and its leaders had called for the creation of a 'Fourth Republic'. Moreover, PiS has cooperated with populist and nationalist parties to get majority support for its governments. However, there is no evidence that Poland might embark on a path towards authoritarianism. Rather, the power politics of the PiS administrations could enact the beginning of a form of polarized democracy and consistent majority rule. ' (author's abstract) | ... less

Thesaurus keywords
Poland; Democracy; authoritarian system; Election result; Conservative Party; Government policy; post-socialist country

classification
political decision-making, political sociology, political culture

method
practical and informative

Language document
German

Year of publication
2007

Page reference
Pp. 45-62

Magazine title
Totalitarianism and Democracy, 4 (2007) 1

ISSN
1612-9008

status
Release version; appraised

License
Deposit License - No Redistribution, No Processing