The new politics of Poland

By Jaroslaw Kuisz

The new politics of Poland

Book Information

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-5587-0
  • Pages: 264
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £20.00
  • Published Date: April 2023
  • BIC Category: POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Ideologies / Nationalism & Patriotism, POLITICAL SCIENCE / World / European, Law / General, Society & social sciences / Nationalism, Poland, Eastern Europe, European Politics, Poland, POLITICAL SCIENCE / Constitutions, LAW / Constitutional


For many western commentators, the electoral success of Poland's populist right-wing party Law and Justice (PiS) in 2015 came as a surprise. Even more shocking, however, was what happened afterwards. Without any self-restraint, Jaroslaw Kaczynski's party started taking over all the state institutions and launched a controversial 'reform' of the judiciary. How was this political turn possible after more than twenty-five years of practically uninterrupted democratic development? Has Poland permanently cut itself off from the pro-European path taken in 1989, or is the PiS government just a passing episode in the country's recent democratic history? This book offers a multi-layered analysis of how and why Poland has changed over the past thirty years and how this is relevant for its recent political crisis.


1 The birth of a monster (a counter-revolution or a populist reign): Poland after 2015
2 The Thirty Years' War? Reconstruction of the crisis background from the post-1989
3 Broken law of identity: the long-term challenges for the new politics of Poland
4 Conclusion: pandemic and war


Jaroslaw Kuisz is a writer and political analyst. He is the editor-in-chief of Kultura Liberalna, Poland's leading online political and cultural weekly, the author of several books in Polish and the co-editor of The End of The Liberal Mind (2020), on Poland's politics after 2015. His work has been published in The Journal of Democracy, The Guardian, The New York Times, Neue Zürcher Zeitung, Gazeta Wyborcza and Le Monde. He studied law and philosophy at the University of Warsaw and Sciences Po in Paris.

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