Populism and Party Politics in Central and Eastern Europe
15 December 2020, 5:00 pm–6:30 pm
FATIGUE-POPREBEL Seminar Series
This event is free.
In recent years, politicians and political parties usually labelled ‘right-wing populists’ have enjoyed a remarkable series of successes. Jarosław Kaczyński in Poland, Victor Orban in Hungary and Donald Trump in the United States have dominated the political scenes in their respective countries. Several years of rule by FIDESZ in Hungary and Law and Justice in Poland show that ‘populist’ political formations are much more interested in the majoritarian rather than liberal dimensions of modern democracy, with Orban openly talking about Hungary as an ‘illiberal democracy’. These words reflect accurately the basic tenor of institutional changes in these countries where media pluralism, the protection of minorities, the sovereignty of civil society and the independence of the judiciary have been challenged and weakened. Yet, as we have seen in the recent mass protests in Poland and the US presidential election, support for populists can go down as well as up. The aim of this seminar is to present cutting-edge research on the reasons for the success and failure of populist parties from researchers from the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network on ‘Delayed Transformational Fatigue in Central and Eastern Europe: Responding to the Rise of Illiberalism/Populism’ (FATIGUE) and the Horizon 2020-funded project ‘Populist rebellion against modernity in 21st-century Eastern Europe: neo-traditionalism and neo-feudalism’ (POPREBEL).
Chair/Discussant: Natasza Styczynska, Jagiellonian University
Denis Ivanov (Corvinus University of Budapest): Adapting, Zig-zagging or Staying Put? Populist Supply, Welfare and Cultural Divisions in Lithuania and Hungary
Vassilis Petsinis (University of Tartu): The rise and fall of Jobbik
Allan Sikk (UCL): Party people: electoral candidates, party change and party system evolution in Central and Eastern Europe