By Anna Gwiazda
This ebook assesses the standard of democracy in Poland from the cave in of communism in 1989 as much as the 2011 parliamentary election. It offers an in-depth, empirically grounded research evaluating 20 years of democratic politics. Drawing on democratic conception and comparative politics, the e-book places ahead an review of democracy in line with 4 dimensions: illustration, participation, pageant and responsibility. The ebook is a crucial contribution to debates at the functionality of the hot democracies in imperative and japanese Europe, the place a few students argue that there's a ‘democratic crisis’, that, after a interval of democratic development, each one of these international locations are experiencing democratic fatigue and that their democratic functionality is negative. although, the Polish case indicates that democracy isn't really in drawback - in truth, the standard of democracy in Poland has greater. The publication indicates that democratic caliber stems from solid democratic associations. furthermore, the Polish case indicates worthwhile classes that may be learnt through democratic reformers in international locations which are present process the transition to democracy or are aiming to consolidate their democratic platforms. It concludes that potent responsibility, strong illustration and solid pageant are vital.
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Additional resources for Democracy in Poland: Representation, participation, competition and accountability since 1989
3â•‡ Contribution By presenting the first systematic analysis of Polish democracy over two decades, this book contributes to theoretical and empirical studies of democracy. First of all, it proposes a clear analytical framework for evaluating the quality of democracy from a procedural perspective, and hence it adopts a different theoretical approach from existing studies. g. Kopecký and Mudde 1999; Pridham 1995). The second generation research focuses on the quality of democracy. By drawing on democratic theory and comparative politics, this book proposes to evaluate democratic performance in terms of selected criteria.
Only if people effectively participate is there any chance at all that they will have some control over the decisions they are subject to. Put simply, if democracy means government by the people, people should participate. In addition, studies on political culture and social capital highlight the importance of participation in representative democracies. In their celebrated study The Civic Culture, Almond and Verba (1963) characterize the American political culture as a ‘participant civic culture’ where citizens are well informed about politics, attach importance to politics and participate.
3 elaborates further on the general contribution of this research. 1â•‡ Historical context Understanding modern Poland requires going back in time. g. North 1990; Putnam 1993). Although it is beyond the scope of this book to examine the historical context in depth (for an overview of the pre-war period see Biskupski etÂ€al. 2010; Sanford 2002; Tuleja 2009), a brief overview of political developments needs to be presented. Some scholars argue that the Polish case is one of rebuilding democracy, rather than building a new democracy, because democratic institutions were present in Poland before World War II (Wróbel 2010).
Democracy in Poland: Representation, participation, competition and accountability since 1989 by Anna Gwiazda