Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Poland’s ACTA Protests – Molecular Change in an unlikely Place?

Kinga Pozniak has written an interesting article on the relevance of the recent ACTA protests in Poland:

As the economic crisis washes over Europe, political and economic discourses across the continent make it sound as if “there is no alternative” to widespread belt-tightening that withdraws and privatizes areas of social welfare and undermines social solidarity.

This discourse is certainly hegemonic in Poland, a country frequently held up as a token success story of neoliberalization. Following socialism’s collapse in 1989, Poland eagerly embraced a variety of neoliberal reforms, including rapid privatization of formerly state-owned enterprises, withdrawal of price subsidies, cuts to state spending and decentralisation of state responsibility for social and family policy.

Read more

No comments:

Post a Comment

Go for it - but if its abusive then it gets blocked