IVO released working paper Populist Politics and Liberal Democracy in Central and Eastern Europe
The Institute for Public Affairs (IVO) has recently published a working paper entitled Populist Politics and Liberal Democracy in Central and Eastern Europe. The publication is an output of the one-year project Populism and Liberal Democracy in Central and Eastern Europe, supported by Trust for Civil Society in Central Eastern Europe. The main objective was to assess the consequences of and the dangers related to the rise of populism in Central Eastern Europe in pre- and especially in post-accession period in new EU member states. In 2007 scholars from four institutions – Centre for Liberal Strategies (Bulgaria), Institute for Public Affairs (Slovakia), Institute of Public Affairs (Poland), and Central European University, Legal Studies Department (Hungary) elaborated national case studies in which they analyzed various factors of populist politics. They did not deal with populism as a societal and political phenomenon or debate the definition and typology of populism, but rather focused on wider societal conditions for populist politics in four mentioned countries, putting them into the context of whole transition period after the collapse of communist regimes. Four national case studies served as a factual and analytical background for writing the policy paper on the rise of populism in Central and Eastern Europe (written by Daniel Smilov and Ivan Krastev) which is included in this publication as a substantive introduction.
The working paper has been prepared and edited by Grigorij Mesežnikov, Oľga Gyárfášová, and Daniel Smilov. In addition to editors the authors of the country studies are: Renata Uitz (Hungary); Jacek Kucharczyk and Olga Wysocka (Poland); Martin Bútora, Miroslav Kollár (Slovakia).