Poland (mainly) chooses stability and continuity: the October 2011 Polish Parliamentary election

Szczerbiak, Aleks (2013) Poland (mainly) chooses stability and continuity: the October 2011 Polish Parliamentary election. Perspectives on European Politics and Society, 14 (4). pp. 480-504. ISSN 1570-5854

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This paper argues that the key to the centrist Civic Platform’s victory in the 2011 Polish election, the first by an incumbent governing party in post-communist Poland, was its ability to generate fear about the possible consequences of the right-wing Law and Justice party returning to power. Although many of the Civic Platform’s supporters were disappointed with its slow progress in modernising the country, most voters viewed the party as the better guarantor of stability at a time of crisis and continued to harbour deeply ingrained concerns about the main opposition party. The election appeared to provide further evidence of the consolidation and stabilisation of
the Polish party system around the Civic Platform–Law and Justice divide. However, other factors pointed to the dangers of declaring that the Polish party system was ‘frozen’ around these two political blocs and suggested that it remained vulnerable to further shocks and re-alignments.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Politics
Subjects: J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > JN6750 Poland
Depositing User: Aleks Szczerbiak
Date Deposited: 21 Nov 2014 14:43
Last Modified: 21 Nov 2014 14:43
URI: http://srodev.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/51463
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