Radosław Markowski is Professor of Political Science and Director of the Center for the Study of Democracy at the University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Warsaw. Currently he is a Visiting Fellow at the IWM.
Democracy is both an ideal regime-type and its daily experience and performance. Citizens of European democracies cherish certain normative aspects of democracy as a regime that ought to be, and at the same time evaluate its manifestations. By juxtaposing citizens’ normative visions of democracy with their performance assessments one arrives at a more in-depth understanding of democratic legitimacy and political stability, both in the still fragile CEE democracies and in the stable ones of Western Europe. The talk – utilizing European Social Survey Module 6 design – will try to expose and analyze some of the puzzles of contemporary, post-crisis democracy.