„Poland's political landscape has been in flux since 2015, reflecting a mindset shift by a disillusioned population. Its declining democratic credentials have sparked a growing distance with the rest of the European Union.
And there is scant sign that bridges will be built any time soon.
While outside observers fret about Poland's centralisation of power, many Poles remain hopeful that the government will deliver social benefits.
As illustrated by the Bertelsmann Stiftung's Sustainable Governance Indicators (SGI), democratic values have slipped since the Law and Order party came into power in 2015, but the economy remains solid. There is widespread satisfaction that the government has enacted long overdue reforms, for example to family or labour market policies.
In essence, the political shift underway boils down to a backlash.
It is a firm rejection of the model of Polish transformation adopted after 1989. The neoliberal era's failure to secure welfare and efficiency has shaken public confidence in state institutions. As a result, many simply shrug their shoulders when judiciary or state media fall prey to the new rulers.”
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