One of the researched topics in our project is party membership. And this was our main interest in the two papers that were presented during the seminar “Contemporary political parties in the era of trust crisis in politics” organized by the Committee on Political Parties and Party Systems of the Polish Political Science Association held in Zielona Góra Univeristy on November 16-17, 2017. Anna Pacześniak presented a paper “Members of Polish political parties in the eyes of the parties’ elites”, based mainly on conducted in-depth interviews with parties’ leaders and parliamentarians. Maria Wincławska delivered a paper “Why do people join political parties and what do they do in them?” Her analysis was built on the survey conducted in four of our researched parties: Modern, Polish People’s Party, Democratic Left Alliance and Together.
„Discussions on Democracy” was a main topic of the conference in Wisła (October 26-27, 2017). Members of our research team Anna Pacześniak and Maria Wincławska presented a paper “Do political parties still need members? Conclusions from empirical studies into the Polish political parties”. They discussed the results of qualitative research conducted among leaders, MPs and EMPs of six parties (Law and Justice, Civic Platform, Modern, Polish People’s Party, Democratic Left Alliance, Together), and quantitative research conducted among the rank-and-file members of four of the groupings: Polish People’s Party, Democratic Left Alliance, Together (the Civic Platform and Law and Justice questionnaires are still in progress). Our discussant Małgorzata Myśliwiec, from the University of Silesia offered us her thoughtful comments on our paper, for which we would like to thank her a lot.