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Illiberal Democrats Go Global

Just a few weeks before April national elections in Hungary, Jair Bolsonaro comes to Budapest to meet Viktor Orbán on February 17. After this illiberal tour, which includes a visit to Vladimir Putin, Bolsonaro himself is to face Brazilian voters in October 2022.

In preparation, the CEU Democracy Institute and its Review of Democracy convened a panel discussion with multiple disciplinary perspectives on Bolsonarism. In light of the challenges faced by democracy in Brazil, experts addressed issues like the impact of authoritarian international law on the globalization of illiberal democracy, the illiberal war on human rights and gender equality, modes of constitutional erosion, and the support for charismatic leadership among low-income voters in illiberal and authoritarian settings.

The discussion was moderated by our Co-Director Renáta Uitz, and featured Emilio Peluso Neder Meyer, Associate Professor of Constitutional Law at the Federal University of Minas Gerais, and Thiago de Souza Amparo, Professor at the Getulio Vargas Foundation Law School and International Relations School in São Paulo.

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