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Demokracja nieliberalna jako projekt polityczny
Illiberal democracy as a political project

Author(s): Andrzej Antoszewski
Subject(s): Politics / Political Sciences, Politics, Political Sciences, Public Law
Published by: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Warszawskiego
Keywords: system polityczny; demokracja; liberalizm; populizm; konsensus polityczny; political system; democracy; liberalism; populism; political consensus

Summary/Abstract: Illiberal democracy seems to be one of the most important topics for political scientists studying the process of post-communist democratisation. It may be – and often has been – considered as a real alternative for models of democracy developing in the Western political hemisphere. This article focuses on the sources of crisis of liberal democracy and possible political consequences of its replacing by an illiberal vision of political system. Author hypothesises that making illiberal democracy real requires the reinterpretation of main democratic principles, such as representation or separation of powers, as well as abandoning of political consensus, present in consolidated West European democracies after the Second World War, and, in effect, fundamental change of patterns of political behaviour. The question of the future of illiberal democracy is also posed and three possible scenarios are considered.

  • Issue Year: 2018
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 11-31
  • Page Count: 21
  • Language: Polish