At the 2019 August Zaleski Memorial Lecture in Modern Polish History, Anna Grzymała-Busse will examine Poland in the wave of populist mobilization, and the roots and consequences of the erosion of democracy in Europe.
Why has Poland taken an illiberal turn? How is democracy eroding in Europe? Illiberal political parties govern in Poland and in Hungary, and democratic norms are challenged by politicians in other countries. Ironically, these were the leaders of reforms after the collapse of communism in 1989: countries that were the first to embrace democracy and to pursue free market reforms. Yet in the last decade, voters have elected governments that have attacked liberal democracy: stacking the courts, stifling free media, and pursuing self-serving policies.
Following the discussion, all guests are invited to join the reception in the CES Atrium.