elections in Poland

Debating the Electoral Law in Poland

Author: Jagoda Wojciechowska
Institution: Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń (Poland)
Year of publication: 2016
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Pages: 411-414
DOI Address: http://dx.doi.org/10.15804/ppsy2016033
PDF: ppsy/45/ppsy2016033.pdf

The International Conference Challenges of Contemporary Electoral Law
Toruń, (12 June, 2015), Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń. 

The Pomeranian Region: parties and the party structure of the voivodeship sejmik after 1998

Author: Beata Słobodzian
Institution: University of Gdańsk (Poland)
Year of publication: 2011
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Pages: 253-273
DOI Address: http://dx.doi.org/10.15804/ppsy2011014
PDF: ppsy/40/ppsy2011014.pdf

The elections are an important element of the political system; indicator of the proper functioning of a democratic state. It is also the method for selection of the persons who will hold certain positions, public ofices and will represent the interests of the electorate.

Voter Absenteeism in the Local Government Elections in Poland in 2006

Author: Teresa Sasińska–Klas
Institution: Jagiellonian University in Kraków (Poland)
Year of publication: 2008
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Pages: 43-56
DOI Address: http://dx.doi.org/10.15804/ppsy2008004
PDF: ppsy/37/ppsy2008004.pdf

Numerous public opinion polls conducted in Poland since the 1990s have tried to answer questions linked with the processes of installing, and later stabilizing the new democratic order. Theoretical considerations were conducted on the basis of political science, sociology, and communications studies dealing with the democratic system, tended to concentrate on procedural questions as well as in institutional frameworks dealing with the functioning of the democratic system. Analyses dealing with the social reception of the political transformations and their reflection in the state of social awareness most often were in reference to the situation concerning successive political elections. It would appear the linking of these research approaches, of the so-called theoretical studies of the democratic process in the political system as well as empirical findings, and also perceived social signals resulting from public opinion research, may lead to the creation of more valuable results, as well as the posing of new research questions.

The weaknesses of majority voting systems. A voice in the discussion on the proposed changes in the Polish voting system.

Author: Izabela Kapsa
Institution: Uniwersytet Kazimierza Wielkiego w Bydgoszczy
Year of publication: 2015
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Pages: 148-168
DOI Address: https://doi.org/10.15804/siip201509
PDF: siip/14/siip1409.pdf

The proposal to introduce a majority voting system has become one of the most crucial elements of rivalry in the Polish presidential campaign of 2015. It was accompanied by an accusation that the proportional voting system seemingly affects the political life in Poland, making it more and more party-dependant. The aim of the present article is to refute the above accusation and present the weaknesses of the majority voting systems, based on British political system. Comparative, historical and analytical methods will be used in order to substantiate the thesis of the article, i.e. that political parties’ influence will not be reduced due to the introduction of the majority voting system. Moreover, the article will also discuss the reasons behind and consequences of using the proportional voting system in Poland, in the light of the so called “crisis of democracy”.

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