Political Responses to the Extreme Right in Poland. Motivations and Constraints for Collaboration in the Executive Arena


The aim of the article is to indicate potential causes for formation of a government coalition with the extreme right-wing League of Polish Families (LPR) in Poland in 2006. The aim is to determine the motivation of the right-wing mainstream Law and Justice party to cooperate with LPR, but also to indicate potential reasons why the coalition was not concluded until nine months after the elections. The goal is therefore to highlight potential constraints in the formation of the coalition. The analysis uses theories of coalition formation based on the rational choice paradigm (office, policy and vote) combined with an empirical approach to coalition research, with particular emphasis on factors such as the structure of competition in the party system and the internal dynamics of parties. The starting point for this analysis is the result of research on the causes of cabinet collaboration with the extreme right in Western Europe. The aim is to indicate whether the motivations for forming a coalition with the extreme right in Poland are based on similar premises and mechanisms. The analysis combines the deductive approach resulting from the theory of coalition formation with the inductive analysis of facts and factors that accompanied the formation of the coalition. In order to achieve the assumed goals, the article uses quantitative and qualitative methods and systemic analysis.

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Opublikowane : 2019-12-27

Moroska-Bonkiewicz, A. (2019). Political Responses to the Extreme Right in Poland. Motivations and Constraints for Collaboration in the Executive Arena. Studia Polityczne, 47(4), 65-95. https://doi.org/10.35757/STP.2019.47.4.03

Aleksandra Moroska-Bonkiewicz 
The University of Wrocław  Polska