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Poland's Constitutional Breakdown

Wojciech Sadurski


After its double victory in the 2015 presidential and parliamentary elections in Poland, the populist Law and Justice (Prawo i Sprawiedliwość (PiS)) party began to dismantle all major checks and balances characteristic of the separation of powers in a democratic state. Poland’s Constitutional Tribunal, its regular courts including the Supreme Court, its National Council of the Judiciary, as well as its electoral commissions, civil service, and public media have all been subordinated to the executive and are single-handedly controlled by the party’s leader. In the process, political rights such ... More

Keywords: Poland, constitutionalism, illiberal democracy, courts, post-communism, Jarosław Kaczyński, populism, authoritarianism, democratic backsliding, democratic decay

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780198840503
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198840503.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Wojciech Sadurski, author
Challis Professor of Jurisprudence, The University of Sydney