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Book Launch: Routledge Handbook of Illiberalism

The Routledge Handbook of IIliberalism is the first authoritative reference work dedicated to illiberalism as a complex social, political, cultural, legal, and mental phenomenon.

Although illiberalism is most often discussed in political and constitutional terms, its study cannot be limited to such narrow frames. This Handbook comprises sixty individual chapters authored by an internationally recognized group of experts who present perspectives and viewpoints from a wide range of academic disciplines. Chapters are devoted to different facets of illiberalism, including the history of the idea and its competitors, its implications for the economy, society, government and the international order, and its contemporary iterations in representative countries and regions.

This panel discussion, co-convened by the CEU Democracy Institute and the CEU Department of Legal Studies, situated the volume and its intellectual project in the context of attacks on political liberalism – historic and contemporary.

Opening remarks were delivered by Shalini Randeria, President and Rector of CEU, our Co-Director László Bruszt, and Mathias Möschel, Head of the CEU Department of Legal Studies, followed by an introduction by Michael Ignatieff, former President and Rector of CEU, and Professor in CEU's Department of History. The panel discussion, moderated by our Co-Director Renáta Uitz, featured Stephen Holmes, Walter E. Meyer Professor of Law at New York University, Helena Rosenblatt, Professor of History at The Graduate Center, City University of New York, and our Senior Research Fellow András Sajó.

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