Mission

The Illiberalism Studies Program studies the different faces of illiberal politics and thought in today’s world, taking into account the diversity of their cultural contexts, their intellectual genealogies, the natures of their popular support, and their implications on the international scene. It aims at 1) Promoting a multidisciplinary approach combining political science, sociology, political philosophy, cultural studies and international relations, 2) Addressing questions related to democratic backlash, the spread of authoritarianism, post-liberalism, the far right, populism and nationalism, 3) Serving as a platform for debating the future of the liberalism / illiberalism relationship.

Resources

September 23, 2020

Nadia Urbinati – Democracy Disfigured Opinion, Truth, and the People

September 23, 2020

Marc F. Plattner – Illiberal Democracy and the Struggle on the Right

September 23, 2020

Maria Snegovaya – Conservative Turn in Eastern Europe: Political Conservatism in Russia

September 23, 2020

Sheri Berman and Maria Snegovaya – Populism and the Decline of Social Democracy

September 23, 2020

Maria Snegovaya – What Factors Contribute to the Aggressive Foreign Policy of Russian Leaders?

September 23, 2020

Maria Snegovaya – Guns to butter: sociotropic concerns and foreign policy preferences in Russia

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Definition of illiberalism

By illiberalism, we define a strain of political culture, a set of institutional reforms (such as assaults on an independent judiciary) and broader societal processes (such as declining trust in liberal democratic institutions) that, over the past two decades, has emerged in response to liberalism as experienced by various countries. Adherents of illiberalism argue that, in the face of a liberalism that has “gone too far,” it is time to reassert the rights of the collective, or of an alleged silent majority, by restoring national sovereignty in various spheres: politically, by rejecting supranational and multilateral institutions in favor of the nation-state and preferring a strong leader with large powers over a parliamentary system; economically, through at least partial protectionism; culturally, by refusing multiculturalism and minority rights in favor of an essentialist definition of the nation, its members, and its genuine cultural attributes.