Ben Stanley

Associate Professor of Political Science

SWPS University
ul. Chodakowska 19/31
03-815 Warsaw
Poland

Employment

2018-present Associate Professor, Centre for the Study of Democracy, SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Warsaw, Poland.

2015-2018 Assistant Professor, Centre for the Study of Democracy, SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Warsaw, Poland.

2013-2015 Marie Curie Intra-European Research Fellow, School of Law, Politics and Sociology, University of Sussex, Brighton, United Kingdom.

2013-2015 Assistant Professor, Faculty of History and Social Sciences, Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University, Warsaw, Poland.

2011 Guest Researcher, Centre for Baltic and East European Studies, Södertörn University, Stockholm, Sweden.

2010 Marie Curie Post-Doctoral Fellow, Institute for Public Affairs, Bratislava, Slovakia.

2008 Graduate Teaching Assistant, Department of Government, The University of Essex, Colchester, United Kingdom.

Education

2018 Habilitation, Social Sciences, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, Poland. Cycle of papers: Populism as a normal feature of post-communist politics.

2010 Ph.D, Government, The University of Essex, Essex, United Kingdom. Dissertation: Populism in the Polish party system: party appeals and voter mobilisation.

2005 M.A., European Politics (distinction), The University of Essex, Essex, United Kingdom. Thesis: The controversial concept of populism.

2001 M.A., International Studies (distinction), The University of Durham, Durham, United Kingdom.

2000 B.A., English Literature (First Class with distinction), The University of Warwick, Warwick, United Kingdom.

Publications

In progress

Stanley, B. (2021). Poland: When Populists Must Manage Crisis Instead of Performing It. In N. Ringe & L. R. Rennó (Eds.) Populism and the Pandemic. In press

Stanley, B.. “Poland”, in Europe Today: A Twenty–First Century Introduction, 6th edition, edited by Ronald Tiersky and Erik Jones, Rowman & Littlefield Ltd. Book chapter, first draft submitted

Stanley, B.. Inconsequential Radicalism: Explaining the Non-Impact of Poland’s Eurosceptic Turn on Public Attitudes to the EU. Journal article, first draft

Stanley, B. & Szczerbiak, A. The Decline of the Left in Poland. Journal article, first draft

Havlik, V. & Stanley, B. Not So Different After All? European Populism in Comparative Perspective. Journal article, first draft

Stanley, B. The Incumbency Problem: Measuring Populist Attitudes When Populists are in Power. Journal article, first draft

Stanley, B. Central and Eastern European Politics. Textbook; under contract at Springer (expected publication in 2023)

Szulecki, K., Bivand Erdal, M. and Stanley, B. External Voting - The Patterns and Drivers of Central European Migrants’ Homeland Electoral Participation. Monograph under contract at Springer (expected publication in 2022)

Bill, S. & Stanley, B. Good Change: Poland’s Revolt against the Liberal Order. Monograph, proposal to be submitted

Journal articles

2021 Pirro, A. L. P., & Stanley, B. (2021). Forging, Bending, and Breaking: Enacting the “Illiberal Playbook” in Hungary and Poland. Perspectives on Politics, 1-16. doi: 10.1017/s1537592721001924

Stanley, B., Markowski, R., & Cześnik, M. (2021). Marginalization, not mainstreaming: Explaining the failure of fringe parties in Poland. Party Politics, 21(1), 46-57. doi: 10.1177/1354068819863616

Stanley, B., & Cześnik, M. (2021). Uninformed or informed populists? The relationship between political knowledge, socio-economic status and populist attitudes in Poland. East European Politics, 1-18. doi: 10.1080/21599165.2021.1876676

2020 Bill, S., & Stanley, B. (2020). Whose Poland is it to be? PiS and the struggle between monism and pluralism. East European Politics, 36(3), 1-17. doi: 10.1080/21599165.2020.1787161

2019 Stanley, B. (2019). Backsliding Away? The Quality of Democracy in Central and Eastern Europe. Journal of Contemporary European Research, 15(4), 343-353. doi: 10.30950/jcer.v15i4.1122

Markowski, R., & Stanley, B. (2019). Poczucie politycznego sprawstwa: o determinantach i korelacjach zjawiska. Studia Politologiczne, 47(3), 11-34. doi: 10.35757/STP.2019.47.3.01

2018 Stanley, B. (2018). A New Populist Divide? Correspondences of Supply and Demand in the 2015 Polish Parliamentary Elections. East European Politics and Societies, 33(1), 17-43. doi: 10.1177/0888325418783056

2016 Stanley, B. (2016). Confrontation by default and confrontation by design: strategic and institutional responses to Poland’s populist coalition government. Democratization, 23(2), 263-282. doi: 10.1080/13510347.2015.1058782

Markowski, R., & Stanley, B. (2016). Rozłamy socjopolityczne w Polsce: Iluzja czy rzeczywistość? Studia Socjologiczne, 4(223), 17-40.

Kwiatkowska, A., Cześnik, M., Żerkowska-Balas, M., & Stanley, B. (2016). Ideologiczna treść wymiaru lewica-prawica w Polsce w latach 1997-2015. Studia Socjologiczne, 4(223), 97-129.

2014 Stanley, B. (2014). The Dynamics of Party-System Supply and Demand in Poland, 1997–2007. Cleavage Change or Shapeless Shifting? Europe-Asia Studies, 66(8), 1295-1322. doi: 10.1080/09668136.2014.939522

2011 Stanley, B. (2011). Populism, nationalism, or national populism? An analysis of Slovak voting behaviour at the 2010 parliamentary election. Communist and Post-Communist Studies, 44(4), 257-270. doi: 10.1016/j.postcomstud.2011.10.005

2008 Stanley, B. (2008). The thin ideology of populism. Journal of Political Ideologies, 13(1), 95-110. doi: 10.1080/13569310701822289

Book chapters

2020 Stanley, B. (2020). A Comparison of Two Polish Party Leaders: Jarosław Kaczyński and Donald Tusk. In S. Gherghina (Ed.), Party Leaders in Eastern Europe (pp. 171-195). doi: 10.1007/978-3-030-32025-6_8

2019 Stanley, B. (2019). Working in the gaps left behind: Radical right movements in a consolidating party system. In M. Caiani & O. Cisar (Eds.), Radical Right ‘Movement Parties’ in Europe, (pp. 168-183). London and New York: Routledge.

2016 Stanley, B. (2016). Defenders of the Cross. In N. Marzouki, D. McDonnell, & O. Roy (Eds.), Saving the People: How Populists Hijack Religion (pp. 109-128). London: Hurst Publishers.

Stanley, B. (2016). The Politics of the Past in the Present: Poland’s electoral geography. In P. Cowley & R. Ford (Eds.), More Sex, Lies and the Ballot Box (pp. 233-236). London: Biteback Publishing.

2015 Stanley, B. (2015). The Post-Populist Non-Crisis in Poland. In T. S. Pappas & H. Kriesi (Eds.), European Populism in the Shadow of the Great Recession (pp. 251-273). Colchester: ECPR Press.

Stanley, B. (2015). The Polish Self-Defence party: from agrarian protest to the politics of populism, 1991-2007. In D. Strijker, G. Voerman, & I. Terluin (Eds.), Rural protest groups and populist political parties (pp. 191-216): Wageningen Academic Publishers.

2014 Stanley, B. (2014). Poland 20 Years Later: The Long Arm of Transition. In R. Tiersky & E. Jones (Eds.), Europe Today: A Twenty-First Century Introduction (5 ed., pp. 257-291). Plymouth: Rowman & Littlefield Ltd.

2013 Stanley, B. (2013). Populism. In G. Claeys (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Modern Political Thought (pp. 642). doi: 10.4135/9781452234168.n254

Stanley, B. (2013). Poland. In S. Berglund, J. Ekman, K. Deegan-Krause, & T. Knutsen (Eds.), The Handbook of Political Change in Eastern Europe (pp. 167-215). Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing Limited.

2011 Stanley, B. (2011). Poland 20 Years Later: The Long Arm of Transition. In R. Tiersky & E. Jones (Eds.), Europe Today: A Twenty-First Century Introduction (4 ed., pp. 243-273). Plymouth: Rowman & Littlefield Ltd.

Essays, interviews and reviews

2019 Cichocki, M. A., & Stanley, B. (2019). Brexit i rewolucja populizmu w Europie. Sprawy Międzynarodowe, 72(2), 9-16. doi: 10.35757/sm.2019.72.2.01

2018 Stanley, B. (2018). Religion, Politics and Values in Poland: Continuity and Change Since 1989. Edited by Sabrina P. Ramet and Irena Borowik. New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan. 341 pp. $129.00 Cloth. Politics and Religion, 11(2), 444-448. doi: 10.1017/s1755048317000712

2016 Stanley, B. (2016). Robert Rohrschneider and Stephen Whitefield, The Strain of Representation: How Parties Represent Diverse Voters in Western and Eastern Europe, reviewed by Ben Stanley. Party Politics, 22(1), 137-138. doi: 10.1177/1354068815615270

Research projects

Under review

2021 Principal investigator for one Work Package, DEMCORE (Democracy Between Complacency and Erosion), Horizon Europe call HORIZON-CL2-2021-DEMOCRACY-01-01 - The future of liberal democracy in Europe, expected budget, €240,000.

Current projects

2021-2024 Principal investigator, “Plemienność czy obojętność? Badanie rzeczywiście istniejących wartości demokratycznych i ich konsekwencji w Polsce” (“Partisan bias or a climate of indifference? An investigation of actually-existing democratic values and their consequences in Poland”), National Science Center, OPUS 20, 783,228 zł.

2022 Co-investigator, “Wiedza, postawy i preferencje Polek i Polaków względem nowych zagrożeń cywilizacyjnych.” (“Political knowledge and preferences of Poles regarding new civilisational threats.”), Regionalna Inicjatywa Doskonałości w SWPS Uniwersytecie Humanistycznospołecznym w latach 2019-2022, 118,770 zł.

Previous projects

2019-2021 Principal investigator, “DIASPOlitic: Understanding the Political Dynamics of Émigré Communities in an Era of European Democratic Backsliding”, Norwegian Research Council, EUROPA (Europe in Transitions) A2–Values Under Pressure, 221,880 zł.

2019-2020 Principal investigator, “Mierząc populizm: badanie pilotażowe mające na celu udoskonalenie istniejących pytań”. (“Measuring populism: a pilot study to improve existing questions.”) Narodowe Centrum Nauki, MINIATURA 2, [2018/02/X/HS5/03339], 43,972 zł.

2017-2018 Principal investigator, “A Survey-Based Experiment on the Relationship Between Populism and Conspiracy Theories”, SWPS University BST grant, 26876 zł.

2013-2015 Principal investigator, “The Winner-Loser Divide? A Comparative Analysis of Voting Behaviour and Cleavage Formation in Post-Communist Party Systems (WINLOSE)”. Project funded by Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowship programme, a Marie Curie Action under the Seventh Framework Programme, €231,283.

2010 Principal investigator, “Integration versus Demarcation? A Comparative Classification of Party Appeals, Voter Preferences and Candidate Attitudes in the European Parliamentary Elections of 2009”. Project conducted under the ELECDEM Initial Training Network (ref. 238607), a Marie Curie Action under the Seventh Framework Programme, £68,290.

Conference activity

Organisation

2019 “Central European Diasporas in Western Europe 15 years after the EU’s Eastern Enlargement: Political and Social Dynamics.” Workshop co-organised with Kacper Szulecki and Marta Bivand Erdal for the project DIASPOlitic, SWPS University, Warsaw, 6–7 November 2019.

“Internalising the Insurgency: Understanding the Interaction of Radical Antiestablishment and Mainstream Parties.” Panel organised for the ECPR General Conference, Wrocław, 4–7 September 2019.

2015 “Structures of political competition in post-communist democracies: if not cleavages, then what?” Workshop co-organised with Radosław Markowski for the ECPR Joint Sessions of Workshops, Warsaw, 29 March–2 April 2015.

2014 “Crisis, Corruption and Cleavages: Continuities and Change in Party Politics in Central and Eastern Europe.” Panel organised for the APSA Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C., 28–31 August 2014.

Presentations

2021 When Populists Must Manage Crisis Instead of Performing It: COVID-19 in Poland. VIII. Congress of The Czech Political Science Association, Masaryk University, Brno, 9–10 September 2021.

External voting, diaspora party systems & (il)liberal remittances: A comparative analysis of Central European post-accession elections. ECPR General Conference, virtual event, 30 August–3 September 2021.

2020 Populism and the Pandemic: Crisis, Technocracy and Democracy in Poland. Populism and the Pandemic Virtual Lecture Series, Jean Monnet EU Center for Comparative Populism, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 13 October 2020.

If Migrants Chose Governments: A Comparative Analysis of Central Eastern European Diaspora Votes, ECPR General Conference, virtual event, 24–28 August 2020.

2019 Democratic Backsliding in Central and Eastern Europe: Transition to Illiberal Democracy? TRASC: Europe–What’s Next? Transformational Leadership and Confidence Building for Young Professionals, Georgian Institute for Strategic Studies (GISS), Tbilisi, 3–5 October 2019.

Inconsequential Radicalism: Explaining the Non-Impact of Poland’s Eurosceptic Turn on Public Attitudes to the EU; Illiberal Remittances? Studying the Political Dynamics and Voting Patterns of CEE Migrants in Western Europe. ECPR General Conference, Wrocław, 4–7 September 2019.

Dealing with the incumbency problem: designing a pilot study to improve populist attitude questions. Comparative Populism Project closing conference, Central European University, Budapest, 20 June 2019.

Inconsequential Radicalism: Explaining the Non-Impact of Poland’s Eurosceptic Turn on Public Attitudes to the EU; Central Europe’s Illiberal Turn: Causes, Consequences and Prospects, EUSA International Biennial Conference, Denver, 9–11 May 2019.

Conspiracy theory mentality and its socio-demographic and ideological correlates. Workshop on “The Anatomy of Disbelief”, Jagiellonian University, Kraków, 18 February 2019.

2018 Populism in spite of the people? Confronting myths about Poland’s anti-liberal turn. Conference on “Democracy, Illiberal Democracy or Neoauthoritarianism”, Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University, Warsaw, 28 November 2018.

The Growth of Populism in CEE? Invited lecture for the Commission of Democracy workshop, Danish Youth Council, Copenhagen, 26 November 2018.

Populism and Democracy in Poland. Invited lecture for the IES Abroad European Union Programme, Warsaw, 14 September 2018.

Working in the gaps left behind: radical right movement parties in a consolidating party system. ECPR General Conference, Hamburg, 22–25 August 2018.

Brexit: Explaining Britain’s decision to leave the European Union. Invited lecture at Collegium Civitas, Warsaw, 26 March 2018.

Voting Populist or Just Voting for Populists? A Comparative Analysis of Populist Attitudes and Vote Choice in Central and Eastern Europe. Invited lecture at the Seminar in Politics and Society, Collegio Carlo Alberto, Turin, 8 February 2018.

2017 Populist voting, or just voting for populists? A comparative analysis of attitudes and voting behaviour in Central and Eastern Europe. Invited lecture at the Advanced Research Seminar, Centre for Baltic and East European Studies, Södertörn University, Stockholm, 13 November 2017.

Populism in Central and Eastern Europe. Invited lecture for the Research Group in Populist Political Communication, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań, 6–7 November 2017.

Voting Populist or Just Voting for Populists? A Comparative Analysis of Populist Attitudes and Vote Choice in Central and Eastern Europe. Dilemmas of Democracy Conference, Wisła, 26–27 October 2017.

Voting Populist or Just Voting for Populists? A Comparative Analysis of Populist Attitudes and Vote Choice in Central and Eastern Europe. ECPR General Conference, Oslo, 6–10 September 2017.

A New Populist Divide? Correspondences of Supply and Demand in the 2015 Polish Parliamentary Elections. UACES 47th Annual Conference, Kraków, 4–6 September 2017.

Voting Populist or Just Voting for Populists? A Comparative Analysis of Populist Attitudes and Vote Choice in Central and Eastern Europe. 3rd Prague Populism Conference, Charles University, Prague, 22–23 May 2017.

Post-communist Populist Voting. 75th Annual MPSA Conference, Chicago, 6–9 April 2017.

2016 A New Populist Divide? Correspondences of Supply and Demand in the 2015 Polish Parliamentary Elections. Contemporary Political Parties Amid the Crisis of Democracy, Turzno, 19–-20 October 2016.

Solidarism, Liberalism and Populism: voting behaviour in the 2015 Polish Parliamentary Elections. ECPR General Conference, Prague, 7–10 September 2016.

A new populist divide? Correspondences of supply and demand in the 2015 Polish parliamentary elections. 2nd Prague Populism Conference, Prague, 23-24 May 2016.

2015 The winner-loser divide in Central and Eastern Europe: a new set of political potentials? ECPR Joint Sessions of Workshops, Warsaw, 29 March–2 April 2015.

2014 Eating the starters: The mainstreaming of populism in post-communist Poland. ECPR General Conference, Glasgow, 3–6 September 2014.

Integration for the Winners, Demarcation for the Losers? Poland A and Poland B as a Cleavage. APSA Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C., 28–31 August 2014.

Populism in Central and Eastern Europe. Populism in Europe and the Americas: a cross-regional perspective, Catholic University of Chile, Santiago, 4–5 July 2014.

The Dog That Already Barked: Post-Populism Crisis in Poland. Populism in the Shadow of the Great Recession, European University Institute, Florence, 21-22 March 2014.

2013 Understanding the Palikot Movement. Invited seminar presentation at the UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies, London, 4 February 2013.

2012 From periphery to power: the emergence of Polish populism. Studying Europe’s Populisms by Regional Country Clusters, European University Institute, Florence, 7 December 2012.

The Thin Ideology of Populism. Populist Political Parties in East Central Europe, Masaryk University, Brno, 4 December 2012.

No Room On The Left? The Stagnation of Poland’s Democratic Left Alliance. The financial crisis and left politics: Parties, unions, and social movements in Eastern Europe, Charles University, Prague, 20 November 2012.

Down With the Pseudo-Elite! Populism as a Strategy for Elite Replacement in Post-Communist Poland. International Political Science Association XXII World Congress of Political Science, Madrid, 7–12 July 2012.

The Polish Self-Defence party: from agrarian protest to the politics of populism, 1990–2007. Rural Protest Groups and Populist Political Parties: Exploring Objectives, Activities and Relationships, University of Groningen, 24–25 May 2012.

2011 Cleavage change or shapeless shifting? The dynamics of party-system supply and demand in Poland, 1997-2007. Old Theory, New Cases, The Study of Party Politics in Central and Eastern Europe, Södertörn University, Stockholm, 15–16 September 2011.

Cleavage change or shapeless shifting? The dynamics of party-system supply and demand in Poland, 1997–2007. ECPR General Conference, Reykjavik, 25–27 August 2011.

Eating the starters: the mainstreaming of Polish populism, 2001-2007. 18th Conference of Europeanists, Barcelona, 20–22 June 2011.

Populism, Nationalism, or National Populism? An Analysis of Slovak Voting Behaviour in the 2010 Parliamentary Elections. CBEES Departmental Seminar, Södertörn University, Stockholm, 4 April 2011.

Change of government and the locus of politics–power shifts in post-communist Poland. Change of government and the Locus of Politics: Power Shifts in the Baltic Sea Region, Södertörn University, Stockholm, 13–14 January 2011.

2010 The Polish presidential elections, June–July 2010: background and implications. Free Elections 20 Years After: The Splendor and Misery of the Central European Dream, Institute for Public Affairs and International Visegrad Fund, Bratislava, 8 July 2010.

Populism and its programmatic correlates in the Polish party system: a comprehensive classification. ECPR Joint Sessions of Workshops, Münster, 23–27 March 2010.

Voting for Polish populist anti-liberal parties: 1997–2005. From post-communism and transitology to non-teleological change: present and future research on Eastern and Central Europe, Södertörn University, 15–16 June 2009.

Populist Anti-liberal Ideology in the Polish Party System, 2001–2007. Populism in Enlarged Europe, Södertörn University, Stockholm 6–7 December 2007.

Teaching

Postgraduate

2019 Oral Presentations (seminar).

2017--2019 Professional Communications: Presentations (seminar). Professional Communications: Writing In Business (seminar). Politics of Eastern Europe in Transition (lecture and seminar).

2012 Democracy in Europe (lecture), 2012.

Undergraduate

2021--2022 The Psychology of Prejudice (seminar). Populism, Nativism and the Problems of Contemporary Liberal Democracy (lecture).

2020--2021 Social Psychology of Conspiracy Theories (seminar). Academic Writing (seminar). The Social Psychology of Democracies in Transition (lecture).

2020 European Integration (lecture).

2019--2020 Introduction to Political Psychology (seminar). International Business and the Challenges of Globalization (lecture and seminar).

2016--2020 Introduction to International Politics (lecture).

2017--2019 International Relations (seminar).

2015 Political Systems (lecture). Recent Polish Political History (lecture). Public Opinion (lecture).

2013--2014 European Politics (seminar).

2013 Politics of Governance: Eastern Europe (lecture and seminar).

2011--2013 Contemporary Political Systems (seminar). Intellectual Property and Textual Composition (seminar). Regional Policy and the Structural Funds (lecture and seminar).

2011--2012 The Polish Party System (seminar).

Research training and skills

2014 “Spatial Econometrics” and “Bayesian Analysis in the Social Sciences”, Essex Summer School in Social Science Data Analysis 4–15 August 2014.

2010 “Data analysis in R.” Essex Summer School in Social Science Data Analysis, 26 July–6 August 2010.

“Workshop in Experimental Methods.” ELECDEM, Brussels 28 June–2 July 2010.

“Workshop in Electoral Survey Design.” ELECDEM, Central European University, Budapest, 30 April–4 May 2010.

2009 Euromanifesto coder training,* Mannheim Centre for European Social Research*, University of Mannheim, 8–10 May 2009.

2008 “Comparative research methods.” Essex Summer School in Social Science Data Analysis, 7–18 July 2008.

Other professional activities

Thesis examination

Doctoral thesis, Justyna Lisińska, “How do populist supporters engage online?”, University of Southampton, 2021.

Doctoral thesis, Agnieszka Sztajdel, “The Post-Truth Narrative in Post-Smolensk Poland”, European University Institute, 2019.

Reviewing

Peer reviewer for American Journal of Political Science, Comparative Political Studies, Cambridge Review of International Affairs, East European Politics, East European Politics and Societies, Europe-Asia Studies, European Journal of Political Research, German Politics, Government and Opposition, Journal of Elections, Public Opinion and Parties, Journal of Legislative Studies, Party Politics, Political Research Quarterly, Political Studies, Politics, Politics and Religion, Problems of Post-Communism, Representation.

External reviewer of grant bid under SASPRO Slovak Academy of Sciences Programme, 2015

Other

Rector’s Award for Scientific Achievements 2020/2021, SWPS University, 2021.

Member of the selection committee for the ECPR Joint Sessions of Workshops, 2019.

Member of the questionnaire committee for the Polish National Election Study 2015 post-electoral survey, SWPS University, 2015.

Member of the editorial advisory board: Czech Journal of Political Science, 2013–present; Journal of Elections, Public Opinion and Parties, 2016–present; Populism, 2017–present.

Member of the questionnaire committee for the CSES Slovakia 2010 post-electoral survey, Institute of Sociology, Slovak Academy of Sciences, 2010.

Manifesto coder for the Euromanifesto project, 2009.

Languages

Native: English

Advanced: Polish

Personal

Birth date: 17th May 1979

Citizenship: British; Irish

Residence: Poland

Family: Married, one child