Jacek Kochanowicz

Jacek Kochanowicz is Professor for Economic History at Warsaw University.

 

 

 

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Right Turn

The "shock tactics" to which the Polish economy was subjected during the 1990s have discredited liberalism as a political movement in the country. Over the last five years, Poland's two major rightwing parties have come to dominate the political landscape. Their anti-communism, national conservatism, and distrust of "moral relativism" find ample support among the electorate. The Centre-Left, meanwhile, tarnished by corruption scandals, fails to offer convincing alternatives. With re-elections set for 21 October, it seems unlikely that Poland will alter its political course rightwards.
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Poland and the West: In or Out?

The answer to the question put forward in the title of this essay is elusive. Whether Poland is considered to be “in” or “out” of the West is a matter of perception, and perceptions are changing. Poland of today is an interesting case for the analysis of westernization. Apart from being the second biggest country …
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