Środkowoeuropejskie Studia Polityczne, 2018, nr 3


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    „On the other side of the border”. The media in strengthening an international dialogue (the Czech-German Journalism Award)
    (Wydawnictwo Naukowe WNPiD UAM w Poznaniu, 2018) Olechowska, Paulina
    The purpose of this article is to describe the role and significance of the Czech-German Journalism Award in creating a dialogue between journalist circles in both countries (the Czech Republic and the Federal Republic of Germany). Their competition is a tool for developing strategic external communication between the two nations, the aim of which is to strengthen mutual understanding. A structural and qualitative analysis of text was used as the research method, while the mission was to describe the kinds of publishers/broadcasters awarded and characterize the problems discussed in the award-winning works of the two editions of the Award held to date.
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    Liturgical references in the swearing-in ceremonies of the President of the Republic of Poland after 1989
    (Wydawnictwo Naukowe WNPiD UAM w Poznaniu, 2018) Lorenc, Magdalena; Mikołajczak, Michał
    The text analyzes the mutual relations between the liturgy of sacraments and the most solemn state ceremony in the Republic of Poland, that of swearing-in of the Head of State. Although the latter ceremony is secular, its antecedence should be sought in the religious aspects of the enthronement of European rulers in the Middle Ages. These references make the swearing-in an object of study combining theology and political science. They invite questions about the relation between the religious imagination of a given national community and its political organization as embodied in state ceremonies. The candidate who wins the presidential elections becomes the President of the Polish Republic after their victory is announced by the National Electoral Commission, and after the Supreme Court confirms validity of this result. However, they remain President-Elect until they utter the words of the oath. Therefore, the swearing-in is a public ritual regulated by law which needs to be completed in order to formally commence exercise of the office. The oath, which is spelled out in the Constitution and delivered by the newly elected Head of State, has a performative nature, similar to liturgical formulas. Additionally, it comprises an optional reference to God as witness to the oath delivered. Therefore, the presidential oath is a historically conditioned testimony to public authority, referring to the realm of the sacred.
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    Security dilemmas of the Baltic region
    (Wydawnictwo Naukowe WNPiD UAM w Poznaniu, 2018) Antczak, Anna; Śliwa, Zdzisław
    The aim of the paper is to provide an analysis of security in the Baltic region, regarding the decision taken by NATO toward strengthening the security of the Baltic region when facing the threat from the East. It looks deeper into geostrategy as one of the keys to understand the vagaries of security dilemmas in the Baltic area. The article presents a situation analysis from both the Baltic states’ and NATO’s perspectives, having as a background recent actions undertaken by Russia.
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    Convergence of price dynamics assessed in view of Poland’s accession to the euro area focusing on deflation
    (Wydawnictow Naukowe WNPiD UAM w Poznaniu, 2018) Błaszczyk, Paweł; Fojutowski, Łukasz
    The primary aim of this study was to assess the degree of Poland’s convergence in terms of price stability, both at the stage of the country’s candidacy to the euro area and in relation to the euro convergence criteria (the so-called Maastricht criteria), and in the broader context of the ECB’s unified monetary policy. The time frame for this study covers the period of 2004–2017. The starting point marks Poland’s accession to the EU, which is a pre-requisite for application to access the euro area. The closing time was chosen due to the availability of data, mainly from the Eurostat database. This was studied in view of the critical analysis of methodology and the method used to establish the Maastricht criterion for the dynamics of the general price level. The methodology of determining the inflation criterion is flawed and not matched to today’s economic conditions, including the definition of price stability applied in the practice of central banking, as well as in the context of the phenomenon of deflation commonly occurring in the last decade. As a consequence, the value of the criterion for a candidate country may turn out to be very low, and may unjustifiably increase the costs of accession to the euro area, also in the long-term perspective. Such a problem should be taken into account in the discussion on Poland’s accession to the euro area, which is usually of a political, as well as social and economic nature. This economic aspect, however, should be key in practice.
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    The ruling coalitions in the Republic of Moldova after the “Twitter Revolution” – the policy of integration or desintegration?
    (Wydawnictwo Naukowe WNPiD UAM w Poznaniu, 2018) Sikora-Gaca, Małgorzata
    In 2009, the Republic of Moldova created an alternative to the communist leadership. In 2013, the Alliance for European Integration was replaced by the Alliance for Pro-European Governance, which secured two issues: the signing of the Association Agreement between the Republic of Moldova and the European Union, and the interests of local oligarchs. After the parliamentary elections in 2014, as an alternative to the increasingly powerful Igor Dodon’s Party of Socialists, another coalition, the Political Alliance for European Moldova was created and ‘sealed’ by embezzling $ 1 billion from Moldovan banks (12.5% of GDP). The coalition formed in January 2015, was replaced by the re-launched Alliance for European Integration, and then by another coalition without a definite name in January 2016. This extremely expanded political activity is a backdrop for the façade of democracy and the subsequent parliamentary elections scheduled for 2018. The pro-European coalitions in the Republic of Moldova discredited themselves in front of the society as strongly as their predecessors (the communists), causing a state of general disintegration.
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    Institutionalization of Ukraine’s information policy as a function of strategic communication
    (Wydawnictwo Naukowe WNPiD UAM w Poznaniu, 2018) Piechota, Grażyna; Rajczyk, Robert
    The paper presents the contemporary information policy implemented by the Ukrainian government. The survey answers the question about the new role of information policy in the state authorities’ activities. The research focuses on the executive branch of power, due to its impact on the internal and external image of Ukraine. The analysis was conducted at the strategic, institutional and operational levels, and concerned the content of messages.
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    From Mobilization to Demobilization: Dynamics of Contention in the Austerity-driven Slovenia
    (Wydawnictwo Naukowe WNPiD UAM w Poznaniu, 2018) Rak, Joanna
    The article aims to trace the dynamics of contention in austerity-driven Slovenia, explain why it ended, through the processes of demobilization, despite the protest movement’s initial successes, and verify the explanatory power of Charles Tilly and Sidney Tarrow’s theoretical framework of demobilization. The analysis applies the method of source analysis, conceptual qualitative content analysis, and the conceptual framework of contentious politics. In doing so, it addresses the research problems of the dynamics of contention in Slovenia and why the contention resulted in demobilization. The article argues that after mass mobilization an upward scale shift appeared. The shift moved the contention beyond its local origins in Maribor, touched on the interests and values of new subjects, and involved a shift of venue to sites where the demands might have been met by state institutions. The dynamics of contention was a cycle of active and passive contentious episodes. The movement identity shift and successful recognition of its claims influenced the performances and episode sequence. The processes of demobilization started when people stopped attending protests, organizing particular performances, and implementing innovations to modular performances instead. Demobilization occurred when most of the protesters became discouraged from protest through boredom and a desire to return to everyday routines.
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    Intercultural competences and social media: contribution through research
    (Wydawnictwo Naukowe WNPiD UAM w Poznaniu, 2018) Jakubowski, Jakub
    Intercultural research in the area of communication was initiated in the early 20th century. Over the last few decades, researchers have built a solid theoretical basis in this field. Nowadays, intercultural analyses include a rich collection of texts on cross-cultural differences, the specificity of the phenomenon in the area of verbal and non-verbal communication and also the role of the media. There is no doubt that in an era of dynamic transformations of media use by people all over the world, the sub-discipline of intercultural communication is facing another challenge – that of including social media and network communication processes into new empirical theories and research. The article answers the question of the status of communication research in the field of the intercultural contexts of the new media. Additionally, the directions of future development of these studies and conclusions are discussed.
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    “Non-campaign of a non-candidate” - Alexei Navalny in the 2018 presidential election in Russia
    (Wydawnictwo Naukowe WNPiD UAM w Poznaniu, 2018) Donaj, Łukasz; Kusa, Natalia
    In March 2018, another presidential election took place in the Russian Federation. For the fourth time Vladimir Putin won the election by a large majority of votes. Alexei Navalny - an opposition candidate who had been preparing his election campaign since the end of 2016 - was not allowed to stand in the election. Regardless of his elimination from the election, Navalny remained an active member of Russian political life before and after the election; he carried out a boycott of the election, and organized post-election protests. Without a doubt, despite the ban on running in the election, Navalny was one of the main figures in the electoral process. Thus, the aim of this article is a detailed analysis of Navalny’s preparations for the campaign - the authors focused not only on the candidate’s opposition activity, but also on his unique measures and methods of running a campaign (Internet, social media, crowdfunding). The article examines the campaign preparations, as well as the reasons for the rejection of Navalny’s registration as an election candidate, social support index, relationships with other candidates and the change of strategy after the Central Election Commission’s decision. The analysis is based on Russian law, Central Election Commission’s decisions, opinion poll results and information from the Russian and international media.
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    Украинское измерение информационной безопасности Европы
    (Wydawnictwo Naukowe WNPiD UAM w Poznaniu, 2018) Нестеряк, Юлия; Цисак, Войцех
    Artykuł porusza problem wpływu stanu bezpieczeństwa informacyjnego Ukrainy na bezpieczeństwo informacyjne Europy. W szczególności, analizowane są zagrożenia informacyjne, istniejące w ukraińskiej przestrzeni informacyjnej, które wywołują niepokój państw – członków UE i innych państw. Kształtowanie bezpieczeństwa informacyjnego Ukrainy rozpatrywane jest w kontekście światowych wyzwań polityki informacyjnej w warunkach prowadzenia wojny hybrydowej. Rekomendacje Autorów, odnoszące się do podwyższenia poziomu bezpieczeństwa informacyjnego, bazują na doświadczeniu przeciwstawiania się rosyjskiej propagandzie przez państwa europejskie.
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