Since 2015, Poland’s populist Law and Justice Party (PiS), has been dismantling the major checks and balances of the Polish state and subordinating the courts, the civil service, and the media, to the will of the executive.
Political rights have been radically restricted, and the Party has captured the entire state apparatus. The speed and depth of these antidemocratic movements took many observers by surprise. Until recently, Poland was widely regarded as an example of a successful transitional democracy.
Poland’s anti-constitutional breakdown poses three questions that this book sets out to answer: What exactly has happened since 2015? Why did it happen? And what are the prospects for a return to liberal democracy?
Wojciech Sadurski will discuss his new book: Poland's Constitutional Breakdown, Oxford University Press, 2019Oxford University Press, 2019