Post-totalitarian Legacies, Civil Society, and Democracy in Post-Communist Poland, 1989-1993

Author
Grzegorz Ekiert, Jan Kubik
Content Type
Working Paper
Institution
Institute for European Studies at Cornell University
Abstract
The paper argues that a robust and assertive civil society has emerged in post-communist Poland during the first few years following the fall of state socialism. Civil society is defined as a specific social space and a set of specific social organizations. The most important factors shaping the character of this renewed civil society are the patterns of its institutionalization after 1989, the predominance of organizations inherited from the old regime, and the marginality of anti-systemic groups. The institutional patterns are shaped by the sectoral composition of the new civil society, the relationships among its various organizations, and by these organizations' links to such collective actors/institutions as political parties and state agencies. These patterns influence the quality of political participation and democratic performance.
Topic
Democratization, Politics
Political Geography
Europe