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Boda, Zsolt, and Zoltan Gabor Szucs. “When Illiberalism Meets Neoliberalism: State and the Social Sciences in Present Hungary.” In Political Science in the Shadow of the State, 203–30. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham, 2021.


The authors focus on the radical transformation of research funding that has occurred in Hungary since 2010, and particularly on its implications for the social and political sciences in a country that is widely perceived as representing an increasingly illiberal democracy. The analysis provides an authoritative account of how neoliberal management reforms to higher education can serve as a Trojan horse for hollowing out the criticality of academe.

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.