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  • Conspiracy Theories Are Not Only for Election Losers. Anti-system Parties and Conspiratorial Distrust in Poland

    Author: Franciszek Czech
    E-mail: franciszek.czech@uj.edu.pl
    Institution: Jagiellonian University
    Year of publication: 2018
    Source: Show
    Pages: 663-675
    DOI Address: https://doi.org/10.15804/ppsy2018406
    PDF: ppsy/47-4/ppsy2018406.pdf

    Using data from a nationally representative survey in Poland, this study looks at the links between post-election attitudes, ideology and conspiratorial distrust toward public sphere. The reference point is an argument made by Joseph Uscinski and Joseph Parent. They provide evidence that conspiracy theories are more popular among election losers in the United States. Data presented in the article shows a limitation of the argument and the special role of anti-system party in the Polish parliamentary election of 2015. Therefore, the more comprehensive understanding of conspiracy theories within the field of political science is discussed.

  • The Born Frees as Assertive Citizens? Student Protests and Democratic Prospects in South Africa

    Author: Dagmar Kusá
    E-mail: kusa@bisla.sk
    Institution: Bratislava International School of Liberal Arts
    Year of publication: 2018
    Source: Show
    Pages: 722-741
    DOI Address: https://doi.org/10.15804/ppsy2018410
    PDF: ppsy/47-4/ppsy2018410.pdf

    Massive student protests in South Africa in the past few years, largest since the times of the anti-apartheid struggles, raised several questions for political scientists. Are we witnessing a generational change? Or are they a sign of a broader global shift towards “assertive citizenship” present in advanced democracies and democratizing countries? To answer these questions, this paper examines the levels of political support and nature of political participation among the young generation.
    The paper also points out that generational change is not immediately visible in public opinion polls but is a process of a gradual narrative construction. Protests brought with them a challenge to the founding narrative of a united Rainbow Nation and reconciliation with the past, leading to a fracture in democratic stability. For the democratic project to succeed, it is essential that the national project in South Africa does not fall apart.

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