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Are average Poles interested in politics? Do they know their local MPs and the names of Ministers serving in the current government? Have they read the Constitution and are they familiar with laws and regulations decreed by the government? A team of sociologists and political scientists from SWPS University, led by Associate Professor Mikołaj Cześnik, will research what is the state of political knowledge among Poles and how this knowledge impacts their voting decisions and in consequence the politics of the country.

RESEARCH PROJECT

Political knowledge in Poland

 

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Grant Amount 558 675 PLN
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Duration of Research Project: 2014–2017


Are average Poles interested in politics? Do they know their local MPs and the names of Ministers serving in the current government? Have they read the Constitution and are they familiar with laws and regulations decreed by the government? A team of sociologists and political scientists from SWPS University, led by Associate Professor Mikołaj Cześnik, will research what is the state of political knowledge among Poles and how this knowledge impacts their voting decisions and in consequence the politics of the country.

Research Objectives

The research hypotheses relat 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.

Research Team

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Associate Professor

Mikołaj Cześnik

Principal Investigator

Director of the Institute of Social Sciences at SWPS University
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Professor

Radosław Markowski

Director of the Center for the Study of Democracy
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Associate Professor 

Michał Wenzel

sociologist, researchers political attitudes
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Assistant Professor

Marta Żerkowska-Balas

political scientist, researches voters' behavior and decision making
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Dr.

Michał Kotnarowski

sociologist, specializing in methodology of social research and analysis of voters' behavior

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Dr.

Agnieszka Jasiewicz-Betkiewicz

sociologist
Institute of Sociology, University of Warsaw

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