A closer look at Poland’s slide to illiberalism
Poland emerged from the shadow of communist dictatorship to join the European Union and NATO. The country was frequently lauded as one of the most successful examples of democratic transitions. However, democracy in Poland has recently taken an illiberal turn. The EU-funded COMLIB project aims to take a closer look at the dynamics of reform communism before 1989 as well as its impact on the transition afterwards. The “social-democratisation” of communism and the “neoliberalisation” of social democracy will be considered. The project’s working hypothesis is that the Polish Left’s gradual abandonment of social democratic values during the post-communist transition contributed to their demise in the mid-2000s and facilitated the illiberal turn.
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