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Photo: “Visegrad Group and Eastern Partnership meeting in Budapest 14“, by Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland, licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0. Hue modified from the original

Hann, Chris, and Gábor Scheiring. “Neoliberal Capitalism and Visegrád Countermovements.” Europe-Asia Studies 73, no. 9 (2021): 1555-1568.


The four Visegrád countries (V4) are widely perceived to be undermining liberal democracy and the stability of the European Union they joined in 2004. The essays in this special issue approach this new populism as a countermovement in the sense of Karl Polanyi: a societal reaction to neoliberal marketisation in a dependent periphery. Its varying national forms are shaped both by socialist legacies and long-term historical configurations. In this introduction, we argue that cultural-historical approaches can be fruitfully combined with analyses of contemporary political economy and global dependencies. After presenting the overall framework of the issue, we conclude by briefly introducing the essays that follow.

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.