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A paper on “Leadership in Polish political parties – members’ and voters’ perspective” was presented by Maria Wincławska and Anna Pacześniak during an ECPR seminar on „Political Leaders in Central and Eastern Europe: Roles, Actions and Consequences”, which was held in Cluj-Napoka (Romania) in April 2018. Other participants were discussing the roles of party and political leaders in the Visegrad Countries, Balkans and Caucasus. Taking an example from the European Leaders, at the end of the Conference, a family photo of all the participants was taken.
„Do contemporary political parties still need members? Conclusions from the empirical study into Polish political parties” is an article in which Anna Pacześniak and Maria Wincławska analyse data from both qualitative and quantitative research conducted with parliamentarians, party leaders and the parties’ grassroots. The article is published in „Political Preferences”, no 17/2017 (http://www.journals.us.edu.pl/index.php/PP/article/view/6249/4399). Enjoy your reading.
An interview on the role of members in political parties with Anna Pacześniak can be found in the last issue of ‘Przegląd’ (no 50/2017). Pacześniak presented in it preliminary conclusions from our research project. The beginning of the interview can be read on ‘Przegląd’ web page, the rest is to be found in printed version of the magazine.
The end of the year 2017 would be very busy for the research team. In December we are going to conduct six group interviews (FGI) with the rank-and-files of the researched parties in Wrocław and Toruń. Each focus needs diligent preparation and sound moderation. We are looking for information on day-to-day life of the party from the perspective of the grassroots. And this is not all for this year. We are also planning to conduct a survey with Civic Platform’s members.