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Religion, Politics, and Values in Poland

Continuity and Change Since 1989

  • Sabrina P. Ramet
  • Irena Borowik

Part of the Palgrave Studies in Religion, Politics, and Policy book series (PSRPP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. The Politics of Religion Since 1989

  3. Values and Attitudes Today

  4. Back Matter
    Pages 325-341

About this book


This volume brings together leading scholars to examine how the Church has brought its values into the political sphere and, in the process, alienated some of the younger generation. Since the disintegration of the communist one-party state at the end of the 1980s, the Catholic Church has pushed its agenda to ban abortion, introduce religious instruction in the state schools, and protect Poland from secular influences emanating from the European Union. As one of the consequences, Polish society has become polarized along religious lines, with conservative forces such as Fr. Rydzyk’s Radio Maryja seeking to counter the influence of the European Union and liberals on the left trying to protect secular values. This volume casts a wide net in topics, with chapters on Pope John Paul II, Radio Maryja, religious education, the Church’s campaign against what it calls “genderism,” and the privatization of religious belief, among other topics.  


Religion Politics Post-Communism Poland Controversies Gender Religiosity Religious values culture European Union (EU) novel Radio

Editors and affiliations

  • Sabrina P. Ramet
    • 1
  • Irena Borowik
    • 2
  1. 1.Sociology & Political ScienceNTNUTrondheimNorway
  2. 2.Institute of SociologyJagiellonian UniversityKrakowPoland

About the editors

Sabrina P. Ramet is Professor of Political Science at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), in Trondheim, Norway.  Born in London, England, she earned her PhD in political science at University of California, Los Angeles, USA in 1981. She is the author of 12 scholarly books and editor or co-editor of 32 previous books, including Religion and Politics in Central and Southeastern Europe:  Challenges since 1989 (2014).

Irena Borowik is Professor of Sociology in the Institute of Sociology, Jagiellonian University, Poland.  She earned her PhD in sociology at the Jagiellonian University in 1988.  She is the author, editor, or co-editor of numerous books, including Religion, Churches, and Religiosity in Post-Communist Europe (2006).

Bibliographic information


“The book would be very helpful to all scholars interested in the modern political and social history of Poland. … The book will help readers to understand the many dimensions of the relationships between Church, state, and society in post-communist Poland. It is an important addition to the field of east and central European studies.” (Andrew Savchenko, Slavic Review, Vol. 78, 2019)