The Polish project consists of the population study, mapping of the interest groups population in Poland after 1989 and a survey among organizations that are active at the national level. The fall of Communism started the process of reorganization of interests in the country. The emerging system faced a number of difficulties: lack of trust in lobbying, weak civil society, however with strong ideological standing. With time, the European integration opened a new challenge for the interest groups in form of the Europeanization process and multi-level governance.
The Polish case allows us to observe in particular how the process of Europeanization informs structural and organizational changes within the organizations and young democratic civil society, and the influence of the multi-level context on strategic choices of Polish interest groups. The specific challenge of the project is a lack of systematic studies on the Polish interest groups. In our approach, we combine databases of other independent projects (INTEREURO, CONNEX, EUROLOB II) voluntary registries (www.ngo.pl) and the National Court Register (KRS, www.krs-online.com.pl), interviews, and snowballing to create a comprehensive overview of the groups’ population. In the next step, we will organize a survey among identified organizations.