Jacek Kochanowicz

Jacek Kochanowicz is Professor for Economic History at Warsaw University.





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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