The birth of a bi-polar party system or a referendum on a polarising government?: The October 2007 Polish parliamentary election

Szczerbiak, Aleks (2008) The birth of a bi-polar party system or a referendum on a polarising government?: The October 2007 Polish parliamentary election. Journal of Communist Studies and Transition Politics, 24 (3). pp. 415-443. ISSN 1352-3279

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Abstract

The 2007 Polish parliamentary election is best understood as a plebiscite on the polarizing government led by the right-wing Law and Justice party and its controversial 'Fourth Republic' political project. The liberal-conservative Civic Platform opposition won because it was able to persuade Poles that voting for them was the most effective way of removing this government from office. The election also indicates that the 'post-communist divide' that dominated and provided structural order to the Polish political scene during the 1990s is passing into history and certainly means a more consolidated Polish party system. However, Poland still has very high levels of electoral volatility and low electoral turnout, together with low levels of party institutionalization and extremely weak links between parties and their supporters. This means that it is too early to say whether the election also marks the emergence of a stable Polish party system based on a new bipolar divide between two big centre-right groupings with the confinement of the left to the status of a minor actor.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Politics
Depositing User: Aleks Szczerbiak
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 20:21
Last Modified: 25 Jun 2012 14:45
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/25595
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