“Finding the roots of neo-traditionalist populism in Poland: ‘Cultural displacement’ and European integration”, Francesco Melito (IES, Poland)

This article investigates the roots of populism in Poland in its current traditionalist-conservative fashion. In contrast with the liberal hegemony and, more specifically, with its ‘true European values’, right-wing populists in Poland claim to speak in the name of those people who refuse this external system of values and who experienced a ‘cultural displacement’. The article examines whether the consensual process of European Union (EU) integration has created room for a populist moment. Particular emphasis is given to the importance of culture in the construction of a counter-hegemonic neo-traditionalist project.

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