Democratic Backsliding in Central and Eastern Europe? (Il)liberal Democracy Between Populist Governments and Civil Society Protest, Before and During Pandemic
7 June 2021, 12:00-13:45 CET, Microsoft Teams here: https://cutt.ly/dno9C2R
Since populist governments instigate cutbacks in the liberal democratic systems of Central and Eastern Europe (CEE), political observers and scholars speak of the “democratic backsliding” or “illiberal backlash” in the post-communist region. More than a decade after Viktor Orbán’s rise to power in Hungary and the associated rise of “illiberal democracy”, and one year after the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, this debate seeks to critically reflect upon the state of (liberal) democracy in CEE: Is there an illiberal backlash in CEE, and what are its indicators? How are different actors reacting to and/or driving the backlash? What is the impact on democracy of the COVID-19 pandemic? And, finally, what awaits the democratic systems in CEE in the near and far future?
Prof. dr hab. Zdzislaw Mach, Institute for European Studies, Jagiellonian University & POPREBEL
Mina Baginova, MA, PhD cand. Charles University Prague & FATIGUE
Dr. Petra Guasti, Asst. Prof. for Democratic Theory, Charles University Prague
Prof. Dr. Vello Pettai, Director European Centre for Minority Issues & University of Tartu & POPREBEL
Dr. Iwona Reichardt, Deputy editor-in-chief at New Eastern Europe
The debate is organized in the framework of the MA course “Democracy, Identity, and Civil Society in Central and Eastern Europe” at the Institute for European Studies, Jagiellonian University, summer semester 2021, by Rita Hornok (POPREBEL) and Francesco Melito, Sabine Volk and Olena Yermakova (FATIGUE).