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Populism in Poland (09.2022)

Karyne E. Messina

The shift towards contemporary Polish populism began around 1989, when the Communist party of Poland began to lose its grip on Poles who were quickly tiring of being controlled by one elite group after another. While it appeared as though Poland had made a full transformation to a democratic country with four presidential elections under its belt, each punctuated by smooth transitions of power, the reality of the political situation is knottier. Today, as in the past, Polish politics remain complex. To some extent, the complexity derives from the competing factions within parliament; however, despite the existence of a range of ideologically distinct political parties, right-wing populists have retained a tight grip on political control in Poland, a common characteristic of many other Eastern European countries today. As is the case with Hungary, Poland’s populism emerged through the use of two significant psychoanalytic defense mechanisms, splitting and projective identification, which were employed with ever greater frequency by leaders who are incapable of integrating both good and bad qualities in the lives of others.

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Political science
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