Krakow, Poland basically mirrors the nationwide
scene. Except the peasant party (PSL), more or less
significant countrywide, remains political irrelevance in
the city – typically of Poland’s major conurbations. At the
same time, Krakow‘s political spectrum has always been
noticeably shifted to the right compared with other big
cities in Poland.
Partisan politics in Krakow.
Most powerful party in Krakow, unlike in entire Poland, is the
center-right Civic Platform (Platforma Obywatelska or PO in
short), one of the country’s main opposition parties. The
nationally ruling right-wing
Law and Justice (Prawo i Sprawiedliwosc, usually referred to
by acronym PiS) still seems to come close second in the city’s politics.
Their rising liberal opponent, called just the Modern (Nowoczesna),
has managed to establish a firm foothold in Krakow. Poland’s leftist parties, the self-disowned heirs to the
fortunes of the Soviet-era all-powerful Polish United
Workers Party (communist), retain minute popularity
with the Krakow voters; notably the strongest of them –
Alliance of the Democratic Left (Sojusz Lewicy
Demokratycznej or SLD).
In the face of fierce rivalry nationwide between the Civic
Platform and the PiS, local politicos mostly play party
politics in Krakow striving for career in the country’s
capital. Nevertheless, when convenient, they can readily
strike a bipartisan deal. At the same time, both parties
lack strong leaderships in the city and both are prone to
His win in Poland's presidential
election of 2015 has elevated Krakow politician Andrzej Duda of PiS
party, born in 1972, a lawyer and the Jagiellonian University's
faculty member, to political stardom countrywide, no matter
what pundits may think of
his track record in office.
Krakow's mayor oddity.
Seeing that the residents of Krakow vote overwhelmingly for
the right and the center-right parties it may come as a
surprise that they elected a left-wing mayor for four
consecutive terms from 2002 on. Mr Jacek Majchrowski, law
professor at the Jagiellonian University, ran as an
independent but he has never shunned his ties to the
Alliance of the Democratic Left. Still his ‘cohabitation’
with mostly right-wing and right-leaning City Council has gone largely
Local government in Krakow
Business in Krakow