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The aim of the project is to investigate political knowledge in Poland, and its importance for the Polish political system. We want to check how knowledgeable/ignorant Poles are about politics, and whether it at all matters for Polish democracy.

RESEARCH PROJECT

Political knowledge in Poland

 

Research Unit
UNI SWPS english
Grant Amount 558 675 PLN
Funding Source
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Duration of Research Project: 2014–2017


The aim of the project is to investigate political knowledge in Poland, and its importance for the Polish political system. We want to check how knowledgeable/ignorant Poles are about politics, and whether it at all matters for Polish democracy.

Research Objectives

Our hypotheses relate to several areas. The first group concerns the ontological status of political knowledge in Poland. We put forward two hypotheses. In the first we hypothesise that political knowledge is a homogeneous, although syndromatic phenomenon. In the second we hypothesise that political knowledge is a heterogeneous, multi­dimensional phenomenon.

The second group of hypotheses relate to the current situation in Poland. We expect that nowadays political knowledge in Poland is rather low, and its levels differ between groups.

The third group of hypotheses concerns the dynamics of political knowledge in Poland. We expect that political knowledge in the post­communist period has increased (mainly due to intensive education), and existing differences between social groups (in political knowledge) have deepened.

The fourth group of hypotheses concerns the effects of political knowledge in Poland. We expect that political knowledge is a strong correlate of political participation, it is an important determinant of satisfaction with democracy, and it is a strong correlate of political efficacy.

Researchers

258 mikolaj czesnik 

Associate Professor

Mikołaj Cześnik

Principal Investigator

Director, Institute of Social Sciences at SWPS University, research interests include human behavior in politics. Research focus: elections.

mczesnik@swps.edu.pl

Researchers

Professor Radosław Markowski
Agnieszka Jasiewicz­-Betkiewicz, Ph.D.
Michał Wenzel, Ph.D.
Michał Kotnarowski, Ph.D.
Marta Żerkowska­-Balas, Ph.D.

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