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Coming out of the liberal closet: Think tanks and de-democratization in Poland
University West, School of Business, Economics and IT, Division of Urban Planing and Development.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1413-0300
2022 (English)In: Democratization, ISSN 1351-0347, E-ISSN 1743-890X, p. 1-19Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

De-democratization is a global trend, with an increasing number of governments gradually dismantling democratic institutions and norms in their countries. De-democratization can be seen as an incremental crisis that radically redraws the sociopolitical order. This article is among the first to highlight external knowledge producers in autocratizing contexts. Relying on a unique data set of 40 interviews with Polish think tankers conducted before and after the Law and Justice party came to power in 2015 and began pushing the country in an authoritarian direction, the article analyses how liberal think tanks handle de-democratization. The findings show that autocratization entails a reconfiguration of the think tank space; i.e. think tanks aligning with the government blossom and think tanks opposing the government are marginalized through a lack of public funding and access to policymakers. Second, significant changes in think tank tactics, strategies, and identities, especially among liberal organizations, are exposed. The doxic mode through which liberal think tanks produce analyses and provide policy advice as “nonpartisan experts” has shifted to the use of contentious tactics and the assumption of an openly political identity as “democracy defenders”

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2022. p. 1-19
Keywords [en]
civil society; de-democratization; doxa; Poland; policy advice; think tanks
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Other Social Sciences not elsewhere specified Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalisation Studies)
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-19404DOI: 10.1080/13510347.2022.2130259ISI: 000876866300001Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85141173348OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hv-19404DiVA, id: diva2:1714907
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Magnus Bergvall Foundation, 2020-03966Wenner-Gren Foundations, SSh2020-0002The Foundation for Baltic and East European Studies, 6/19
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This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives License.

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