chapter  4
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‘Bulwark of Christianity’? Morality debates in Poland The narrative context: national identity, religion, and morality

The case of party competition between LPR and PiS is the first to observe the discursive influence of radical right narratives. The analysis of historical notions of national identity and relevant socio-cultural debates will reveal that these frames became particularly present and resonant in the field of morality politics. Poland is also an ideal example to observe long-term effects of these narrative competition contests on radical right electoral fortune. Here, the successful strategy of PiS was to perform a spatial and narrative shift towards resonant radical right frames of an anti-Western/anti-liberal threat to traditional Catholic values and traditions. At the same time, PiS performed a clever transfer of these frames towards newly salient issues, bridging socio-economic and socio-cultural conflict.