Political cynicism: the case of Poland

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In a new paper, Przemysław Sadura and Sławomir Sierakowski have captured insights from their work in relation to the 2019 European elections in Poland – available now and food for thought in the lead up to the October 2019 parliamentary elections in Poland.

Approaching it from a sociological perspective, they said:

[That] brought a large PiS victory over the opposition, as well as a twofold increase in turnout (with spikes among unexpected demographics). These results took observers of Polish politics by surprise to such a degree that we decided to carry out an in-depth study of the electorate in order to understand as much as possible about the motivations of Polish voters … Our research focused especially on provincial areas. PiS won only in villages and small towns, but that was enough for a record–breaking electoral result.

Przemysław Sadura and Sławomir Sierakowski

They discover surprising but seemingly crucial phenomena on the way to developing three scenarios with explanatory value for understanding this latest development in the remaking of Poland.

The paper is also available in Polish: read it here