The quality of democracy in Poland fifteen years after the transition from communism

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2006-01-01
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Kaczmarczyk, Daniel
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The purpose of this thesis has a very ambitious goal. Namely, it will try to show the quality of the democratic regime in post-communist Poland. The task is relatively difficult because of the complexity of the political systems. Political scientists have been trying for years to test and compare qualities of different regimes. However, the multidimensional phenomenon of democracy limits the standardization of testing such regimes. There are many instruments which are commonly used in order to test the condition of a particular system, but there is no single and correct model which should be followed in measuring the quality of democracy. My thesis will develop a model which will consist of using both objective instruments such as indexes and indicators and public opinion which represent subjective side of the perception how the system works. The mix of such indicators will show us how the Polish democracy has developed over time, and how the perception of institutions and scholars specializing in testing democratization differs from the view of Polish people who experience the system on the daily basis.

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