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Poland’s Constitutional Breakdown: What Does It Tell Us About Authoritarian Populism Today

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Wednesday, March 4, 2020, 4:00pm - 6:00pm


Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Adolphus Busch Hall at
Cabot Way, 27 Kirkland St., Cambridge



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Gazette Classification: Lecture Organization/Sponsor: Minda de
Gunzburg Center for European Studies Harvard University, 27 Kirkland
Street Speaker(s): <strong>Wojciech Sadurski</strong><br /><em>Challis
Professor in Jurisprudence, University of Sydney</em><br
/><strong>Jacek Zakowski</strong><br /><em>Director, Department of
Journalism, Collegium Civitas; Journalist and Author</em><br
/><strong>Vlad Perju</strong><br /><em>Professor of Law, Boston
College Law School; Director, Clough Center for the Study of
Constitutional Democracy, Boston College</em>
Chair:&nbsp;<strong>Grzegorz Ekiert</strong><br /><em>Laurence A.
Tisch Professor of Government, Harvard University; CES Director,
Harvard University</em> Contact Info: Anna Popiel,
apopiel@fas.harvard.edu Link:
https://ces.fas.harvard.edu/events/2020/03/poland-harvard-ces Since
2015, Poland's populist Law and Justice Party (PiS), has been
dismantling the major checks and balances of the Polish state and
subordinating the courts, the civil service, and the media, to the
will of the executive. Political rights have been radically
restricted, and the Party has captured the entire state apparatus. The
speed and depth of these antidemocratic movements took many observers
by surprise. Until recently, Poland was widely regarded as an example
of a successful transitional democracy. Poland's anti-constitutional
breakdown poses three questions that this book sets out to answer:
What exactly has happened since 2015? Why did it happen? And what are
the prospects for a return to liberal democracy? Professor Wojciech
Sadurski will discuss his new book: "Poland's Constitutional
Breakdown," Oxford University Press, 2019



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Wednesday, March 4, 2020 - 16:00 to 18:00



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