Globalism and Localism in the Perspective of Polish Politics

THE WARSAW INSTITUTE REVIEW

Globalism and Localism in the Perspective of Polish Politics,    Author: Michał Kuź, PhD

New processes on the world political stage are increasingly forcing old labels to be abandoned.

Are Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen, for example, on the right or left? If Donald Trump is a conservative Republican, why did many Republicans look upon his candidacy so skeptically? It was similar with Brexit, which led to divisions among conservatives.

Analogous questions arise in East-Central Europe. Since, for example, Law and Justice (PiS) of Jarosław Kaczyński and Fidesz of Viktor Orban, are defined as right-wing parties, sometimes even extreme right, how is that possible that both have introduced the biggest social reforms in their countries in decades, creating new entitlements, especially for large and disadvantaged families?

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