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DI Joins Project on Illiberal Constitutionalism

We are happy to announce that the CEU Democracy Institute joins a multidisciplinary team of scholars in a new research endeavor "Towards Illiberal Constitutionalism in East Central Europe: Historical Analysis in Comparative and Transnational Perspectives."

The four-year project, funded by the Volkswagen Foundation’s ‘Challenges for Europe’ program brings together the Friedrich Schiller University in Jena, the University of Erfurt, the University of Warsaw and the Czech Academy of Sciences in Prague and the CEU Democracy Institute to study illiberal constitutionalism in CEE.

According to a Western understanding of politics, the word “illiberal” is difficult to associate with a democracy: liberty (individual freedom) is a basic element of constitutional democracy. Yet, some democratically elected governments in Eastern Central Europe (above all, Hungary and Poland) aggressively promote an illiberal version of democracy -- and transform states and societies accordingly.

What is the underlying constitutional understanding? What lines of tradition is it based on? And what does that mean for Europe? The PI of the CEU team, Renata Uitz (Department of Legal Studies / CEU Democracy Institute) will investigate the rise and constitutional underpinnings of illiberal Christian democracy.

The Volkswagen Foundation supports this project with almost 1.5 million euros (250,000 euros for the sub-project at the CEU Democracy Institute).

More details about the project

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