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Poland: Democratic Regeneration or the Road to Authoritarianism?


October 23, 2017
3:30pm - 5:00pm
Reading Room 303, Mandel Center for the Humanities, Brandeis University
October 23, 2017
3:30pm - 5:00pm
Reading Room 303, Mandel Center for the Humanities, Brandeis University

Nearly 30 years after its democratic breakthrough, Poland poses a puzzling and fascinating case for scholars, public intellectuals, and journalists. Has Warsaw since 2015 witnessed a "democratic regeneration" as the current government claims, or rather it embarked on a road towards authoritarianism? What has Prawo i Sprawiedliwość exactly changed during the past two years? To what extent can we speak of a continuation of the transformation's logic, and to what extent is this a construction of a new state model by the current Polish government? Is Poland’s current path similar or different than that of Hungary or Turkey? And, perhaps most importantly - why did this party win the last elections and why is its popularity still so high in opinion polls?

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