Domestic political drama

Szczerbiak, Aleks (2003) Domestic political drama. Transitions Online. ISSN 1214-1615

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Poland’s communist-successor government had a difficult time of it in 2002. Attempts to boost its popularity ratings
were largely a failure--even the “feel-good factor” generated by Pope John Paul II’s visit faded quickly--and support
for the main governing party had slumped dramatically by autumn’s local elections. By the end of 2002, Leszek
Miller’s government was as unpopular as its discredited Solidarity-led predecessor had been. Poles were unhappy
for many reasons, but most of all because of the continued sluggishness of the national economy and the
stubbornly high level of unemployment, which the government unsuccessfully tried to blame on the National Bank's
interest rate policy. Fortunately, the year ended on a high note with the country successfully wrapping up negotiations
to join the European Union during a summit in Copenhagen, which fittingly ended on the 21st anniversary of the
declaration of martial law

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Politics
Depositing User: Aleks Szczerbiak
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 19:53
Last Modified: 06 Aug 2012 09:38
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