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Sociology Research


The recent illiberal turn of Hungary and Poland has puzzled researchers and pundits alike. It is perplexing how Hungary with earliest and deepest international integration, and least amount of nationalist mobilization during the nineties, ended up with the most illiberal regime. The rise of illiberalism is also remarkable in Poland, whereas in the Czech Republic illiberal forces did not achieve a breakthrough. What explains this divergence, what are the unique factors behind the rise of illiberalism in Hungary and Poland?

This project, run by Gabor Scheiring, will establish a new political economic framework for understanding the rise of illiberalism in CEE countries as a consequence of the exhaustion of the developmental model followed prior to the global financial crisis.

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