The Role and Significance of Populist Party Leaders in Poland




populism, party leaders, political parties, Poland


The article is the first attempt at describing and comparing leaders of four most important populist groupings in Poland: Samoobrona, PiS, LPR, Kukiz’15. It makes three primary contributions to the literature of the subject. In its theoretical aspect, it shows that the literature concerning the analysed issue is still at the stage of being developed. When it comes to the analysis of data, it was found that populist party leaders played an important political role in Poland. In the case of Samoobrona, PiS and Kukiz’15 they played a key role in the process of origination of their parties, while in PiS they still hold a very strong intra-party position.


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Author Biography

Maciej Hartliński, University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn

PhD, associate professor at the Institute of Political Science, University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn. His research focuses on political parties and political leadership. Head of the project Party Leaders Database ( In 2013 he launched the „Political Leadership” research group of the Polish Political Science Association. He was in charge of and participated in a considerable number of international research projects on party leadership. He has held visiting positions at University of Oxford, Indiana University – Bloomington, Ghent University and many other European universities.


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How to Cite

Hartliński, Maciej. 2022. “The Role and Significance of Populist Party Leaders in Poland”. Politeja 19 (5(80):65-88.



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