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CCPS Roundtable. Assessing the State of Play in Polish Politics: The 2020 Presidential Elections

Thursday, October 15, 2020
4:00-5:30 PM
Off Campus Location
Panelists: Anna Grzymała-Busse, Michelle and Kevin Douglas Professor of International Studies, Stanford University; Benjamin Paloff, associate professor of Slavic languages & literatures and comparative literature, U-M; Brian Porter-Szűcs, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of History, U-M.

In the first round of Poland’s 2020 presidential elections, the incumbent Andrzej Duda, from the ruling Law and Justice Party, received 43% of the vote. If this result suggested an early consolidation of conservative voters’ enthusiasm, the second round of voting revealed an evenly divided electorate, with Duda winning reelection with just 51% of the total against Warsaw mayor Rafał Trzaskowski. What does this result tell us about the current state of national politics in Poland and the Law and Justice Party’s claims to a popular mandate to alter democratic institutions? Does it suggest an erosion of populist politics in Central Europe, or is it rather an affirmation of the ruling party’s Euroscepticism and judicial reforms? Professors Anna Grzymala-Busse (political science, Stanford) and Brian Porter-Szücs (history, U-M) will walk us through this dynamic landscape, discussing what it reveals about Poland’s present and what it might portend for its future.

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Building: Off Campus Location
Location: Virtual
Event Type: Lecture / Discussion
Tags: European, International, Poland, Politics, Public Policy
Source: Happening @ Michigan from Copernicus Center for Polish Studies, International Institute, Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies, Weiser Center for Europe and Eurasia

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