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№038: Rola fundacji politycznych w promowaniu demokracji – rekomendacje dla Polski
№038: The role of foundations in democracy promotion - recommendations for Poland

Author(s): Kinga Brudzińska
Subject(s): Civil Society, Governance, Public Administration, Public Law
Published by: Polski Instytut Spraw Międzynarodowych
Keywords: democratization; recommendation for Poland
Summary/Abstract: The author discusses the benefits associated with the activities of politically-affiliated foundations as instruments of democracy promotion. Such foundations, despite their non-governmental status, often depend on direct financial support from their political counterparts, or benefit from budgetary resources of the home country. Political foundations focus on technical and organisational support for emerging political parties in third countries, aid during electoral campaigns, or training in political marketing and public communication for individual activists. Political foundations tend to actively scrutinise the policies of the host state if they deem them dangerous or otherwise unwanted, thus leading to friction and tensions on the official level. Political foundations need to walk a fine line between their daily, statutory activities and the need to avoid being seen as influencing the domestic politics of the host state. The analysis concludes with a list of pros and cons of creating political foundations in Poland, and an attempt to identify the ways in which they could benefit the Polish democratisation agenda.

  • Page Count: 7
  • Publication Year: 2012
  • Language: Polish