Following the defeat of the right-populist PiS government in Poland, analysts have debated the prospects of the liberal government. Among several interesting commentaries, the famous political scientist Adam Przeworski notes that democratic backsliding encourages further backsliding. If a liberal government also packs democratic institutions with supporters, it entails backsliding. If it does not, it may harm its future electoral prospects.
> In liberal democracies, public administrators must aspire to neutrality
Is this true? The USA uses a system in which senior civil servants are all political appointees, and it's clearly a liberal democracy.
PiS wasn't as illiberal as the media have made out. The new government will be fragile, ludicrously keen on breaking down Polish sovereignty, and not really any more effective. Capitalist Poland has a history of alternate governments each promising much, stealing much and achieving little. When the economic growth is viewed through a lens of emigration and recovery from communism then the governments quickly lose credit for the main thing that they look to have achieved.
Democratic Backsliding....an interesting phrase. I have only a sketchy knowledge of Polish politics but if its recent entry into the major-league of Eurpoean nations continues apace....the Polish centre-right may need to watch out. I have lived through a 50 year long period in England where - seduced by an illusion of Left/Right electoral pluralism - every public and private part of the culture has been permanently captured by the Left. This has happened via the agency of 50+ years of a 'Progressive' academia sheep dip which, until recently, advanced without much MSM attention. So much so that Britain now effectively is a leftist political monoculture. I believe this has been a story repeated - albeit in varying degrees - right across the West. https://grahamcunningham.substack.com/p/invasion-of-the-virtue-signallers