Cover Osteuropa 3-5/2018

In Osteuropa 3-5/2018

Potential for protest despite economic growth
Poland and globalisation

Sebastian Płóciennik

Deutsche Fassung


Poland has benefited strongly from the opening up of its economy since 1989. The majority of the population regards the integration of Poland on the global market as a positive development. However, there is also criticism of the lack of fairness of trading processes, tax avoidance by international companies and the dependence on foreign capital. A general shift in opinion in relation to globalisation could come from those who lost out as a result of redistribution and from uneasy ‘winners’. The government currently in office is proving to be more open towards protectionist tendencies than the previous one. However, an expansion of social security systems would make more political sense than protectionism.

(Osteuropa 3-5/2018, pp. 229–246)