Cover Osteuropa 5-6/2011

In Osteuropa 5-6/2011

Civic Platform
From Citizens Movement to Membership Party

Katarina Bader, Tomasz Zapart

Deutsche Fassung


For years, Civic Platform (Platforma Obywatelska) has been Poland’s most successful party. Come autumn 2011, it could be the first party since 1989 to be confirmed in government. A “rapid media reaction force”, primary elections, and a system of tiered membership have given the party a modern image. Prime Minister Donald Tusk has strongly oriented Civic Platform on his person and, as the “anti-Kaczynski”, has opened it up to new voters beyond a business-oriented liberal clientele. Since its founding in 2001, Civic Platform has evolved from a grassroots movement to a party based on a classic system of membership.

(Osteuropa 5-6/2011, pp. 259–278)