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Poland's rightwing populist win should be a wake-up call for liberal democrats | Cas Mudde

Posted On: 21 Oct 2019   |   Posted By: The Guardian

The victory of the ruling rightwing Law and Justice party calls into question ideas common in the fight against populism The Polish parliamentary elections last Sunday will have profound national consequences but also include political lessons that go well beyond Poland's borders. The elections disprove important received wisdom about far right and populist politics, and the results should cause reflection among liberal democrats around the world. First and foremost, the ruling rightwing populist Law and Justice party increased its vote share by 6%, from 37.6 to 43.6%, and regained its majority in the lower house of parliament. However, because of a different electoral system and strategic collaboration by the main opposition parties, PiS lost its majority in the upper house. While the Sejm is the more powerful house, the Senat can veto legislation and plays a major role in the appointment and removal of some key political figures, including the president of the Supreme Chamber of...

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