'Social Poland' defeats 'liberal Poland'?: the September-October 2005 Polish parliamentary and presidential elections

Szczerbiak, Aleks (2007) 'Social Poland' defeats 'liberal Poland'?: the September-October 2005 Polish parliamentary and presidential elections. Journal of Communist Studies and Transition Politics, 23 (2). pp. 203-232. ISSN 1352-3279

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Abstract

The 2005 Polish parliamentary and presidential elections were held on separate days, but the two campaigns ‘contaminated’ each other and the presidential contest largely overshadowed the parliamentary. The dominant issue during much of the campaign was probity in public life, and parties competed on their ability to tackle corruption effectively. The conservative Law and Justice party and its presidential candidate Lech Kaczynski emerged as unexpected winners by framing the contest as choice of a ‘social-solidaristic’ or a ‘liberal’ vision of Poland. The underlying ideological divisions between Polish parties appear to be in some flux, as do the social bases of
their support, and a realignment of the dimensions of party competition is one possible outcome. However, this apparent ‘social versus liberal’ dichotomy will not necessarily provide a long-term basis for political alignments in the country, and the old ‘post-communist’ historical and cultural divide apparently remains a
significant orientation point for a substantial number of voters.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Politics
Subjects: J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > JN6750 Poland
Depositing User: Aleks Szczerbiak
Date Deposited: 13 Jul 2015 14:44
Last Modified: 13 Jul 2015 14:44
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/55311
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