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II Countries and Regions, 16 Constitutional Crisis in Poland

Wojciech Sadurski

From: Constitutional Democracy in Crisis?

Edited By: Mark A. Graber, Sanford Levinson, Mark Tushnet

From: Oxford Constitutions (http://oxcon.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2023. All Rights Reserved.date: 20 March 2023

A dramatic change in Polish politics occurred in 2015 with the election of the PiS-supported Andrzej Duda as president in May,1 and then, in October, with the parliamentary victory of the PiS that gave it the authority to govern single-handedly. What happened next is best described as (un)constitutional backsliding: a dramatic deterioration in the democratic and constitutional standards already attained: early in the twenty-first century, Poland was described by a prominent US political scientist as among “the leaders of the group” of countries that were “a route...
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