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Political Knowledge in Poland

Political Knowledge in Poland

principal investigator
Mikołaj Cześnik
Ph.D. / Associate Professor

sociologist and political scientist, specializes in analysis of poitical systems, Director of the Institute of Social Sciences

Full bio
project value: PLN 558,675
funding source : National Science Center
discipline: political science and public administration
location: Warsaw
duration: 2014 2015 2016 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 PROJECT

Political knowledge in Poland

 

Research Unit
UNI SWPS english
Grant Amount 558 675 PLN
Funding Source
NCN logo poziom en2

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

Markowski, Radosław
Bio
Tak
Specialization
sociologist and political scientist
Permanent employee
Tak
First and last name
Radosław Markowski
Academic degree or title
Professor
City
warszawa
Discipline
political-science-and-public-administration
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Professor Radosław Markowskisociologist and political scientist
Wenzel, Michał
Bio
Tak
Specialization
sociologist, specializing in methodology of social research, political attitudes and social aspects of mass media
Permanent employee
Tak
First and last name
Michał Wenzel
Academic degree or title
Ph.D. / Associate Professor
City
warszawa
Discipline
political-science-and-public-administration
Institute
Institute of Social Sciences
Position
profesor uczelni
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Ph.D. / Associate Professor Michał Wenzelsociologist, specializing in methodology of social research, political attitudes and social aspects of mass media
Żerkowska-Balas, Marta
Bio
Tak
Specialization
sociologist and political scientist
Permanent employee
Tak
First and last name
Marta Żerkowska-Balas
Academic degree or title
Ph.D. / Assistant Professor
City
warszawa
Discipline
political-science-and-public-administration
Position
adiunkt
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Faculty
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Institute
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Ph.D. / Assistant Professor Marta Żerkowska-Balassociologist and political scientist, specializing in theory and practice of democracy
Kotnarowski, Michał
Bio
Nie
Specialization
socjolog, asystent w Instytucie Studiów Politycznych PAN, zajmuje się metodologią badań społecznych, zastosowaniami metod ilościowych oraz analizą zachowań wyborczych
Permanent employee
Nie
First and last name
Michał Kotnarowski
Academic degree or title
dr
Institute
Center for the Study of Democracy
dr Michał Kotnarowskisocjolog, asystent w Instytucie Studiów Politycznych PAN, zajmuje się metodologią badań społecznych, zastosowaniami metod ilościowych oraz analizą zachowań wyborczych
dr
Agnieszka Jasiewicz-Betkiewicz

sociologist, Institute of Sociology, University of Warsaw