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Hajdinjak et al, eds. Behind the Illiberal Turn: Values in Central Europe, (Leiden, The Netherlands: Brill, 20 Jun. 2022) doi:


“We have to abandon liberal methods and principles of organizing a society. The new state that we are building is an illiberal state, a non-liberal state”, Hungarian Prime Minister Victor Orban famously said in 2014, exemplifying a broader trend taking place in Central Europe. Why would the countries that were praised as democratization and Europeanization success stories take an illiberal turn? This volume explores changing values and attitudes to explain events that took place in the aftermath of the financial and migration crisis in six Central European countries: Croatia, Czechia, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia.

Table of Contents:

  1. Introduction How Values and Attitudes Influence Illiberal Tendencies in Central Europe
  2. Chapter 1: Political (Dis)Trust in Central Europe: Mechanisms and Regional Variation
  3. Chapter 2: The Voters of Populist Radical Right Parties in CEE: How Radical Are They?
  4. Chapter 3: Are There Generational Differences in the Support for Democracy in Central European Countries?
  5. Chapter 4: Explaining Attitudes towards Immigrants and Immigration through the Lenses of National Identity and Political Culture
  6. Chapter 5: Authoritarianism and Attitudes toward the Environment in Croatia: A Central European Perspective
  7. Chapter 6: The Perception of Migrants in the Labor Market: The Czech Experience

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 context, their intellectual genealogy, the sociology of their popular support, and their implications on the international scene.