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De- and Re-Democratization

Semi-authoritarian regimes are manipulating elections from Ankara to Yangon, yet they maintain a genuine base of support. To understand the dynamics of the vitality of such regimes, the Institute studies their propaganda, social and media policies, electoral strategies, informal power relations, and actors of influence, producing scholarship relevant for both academics and practitioners.

Researchers

Andreas Schedler Lead Researcher / Senior Research Fellow
Daniel Bochsler CEU Research Affiliate / CEU Associate Professor
Matthijs Bogaards CEU Research Affiliate / CEU Associate Professor
Andras Bozoki CEU Research Affiliate / CEU Professor
Laszlo Bruszt Co-director / CEU Professor
Zsolt Enyedi Senior Research Fellow / CEU Professor
Dorit Geva CEU Research Affiliate / CEU Professor
Erin Kristin Jenne CEU Research Affiliate / CEU Professor
David Karas OSUN Post-doctoral Fellow
Janos Kis Senior Research Fellow / CEU University Professor
Eszter Kovats Research Affiliate
Levente Littvay CEU Research Affiliate / CEU Professor
Balint Madlovics Junior Research Fellow
Balint Magyar Senior Research Fellow
Jennifer McCoy Research Affiliate
Carlos Melendez OSUN Post-doctoral Fellow
Inna Melnykovska CEU Research Affiliate / CEU Assistant Professor
Wolfgang Merkel Senior Research Fellow
Vera Messing Research Fellow
Zoltan Miklosi CEU Research Affiliate / CEU Associate Professor
Filip Milacic Research Affiliate
Edgar Sar Research Affiliate
Carsten Q. Schneider CEU Research Affiliate / CEU Professor
Andras Szalai Research Fellow
Lili Turza Research Affiliate
Franziska Wagner Junior Research Affiliate

News

Felipe G. Santos, Dorit Geva: Populist Strategy in the European Parliament: How the Anti-gender Movement Sabotaged Deliberation About Sexual Health and Reproductive Rights

In their article in the European Journal of Cultural and Political Sociology, our Research Affiliate Dorit Geva, and Felipe G. Santos (City, University of London) analyze how right-wing populism undermines democracy by identifying how populist strategy works in parliamentary democracy.

Eszter Kovats: Gender-madnesses in Germany and Hungary

The book of our Research Affiliate Eszter Kovats examines why and how the radical right in Germany and Hungary use gender in their politics, and how this relates to the political claims of so-called progressive actors in Western Europe and North America that invoke the concept of gender.

New Book by Andras Bozoki

Utilizing a new and original framework for examining the role of intellectuals in countries transitioning to democracy, the volume of our Research Affiliate Andras Bozoki analyzes the rise and fall of dissident intellectuals in Hungary in the late 20th century.

Andras Bozoki: Rolling Transition and the Role of Intellectuals

Utilizing a new and original framework for examining the role of intellectuals in countries transitioning to democracy, our Research Affiliate Andras Bozoki analyzes the rise and fall of dissident intellectuals in Hungary in the late 20th century.

Book of Zsolt Enyedi and Fernando Casal Bertoa Awarded by AECPA

The volume of Zsolt Enyedi and Fernando Casal Bertoa, published by Oxford University Press, has been selected as the best book by the Spanish Political Science Association (AECPA).

Audiovisuals

Stateness and Democratic Consolidation: Lessons from Former Yugoslavia

Did you miss this lecture by Filip Milacic, Senior Researcher for Democracy and Society at the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, Vienna? Watch it now!

Populism, Political Conflict and Grass Roots Organization in Latin America

Ken Roberts talks to Levente Littvay about "Populism, Political Conflict and Grass Roots Organization in Latin America."

Populism, Persistent Republicanism and Declinism

Bram Spruyt talks to Levente Littvay about one of Levi's favorite populism papers. Bram wrote this paper with Mark Elchardus in which they put a uniquely political psychological twist on populist attitude research.

Hungary Two Months Before the Elections – Can the Opposition Win?

One of the most influential Hungarian political scientists, Zsolt Enyedi, discusses with Daniel Rona, Director of the 21 Research Center, the key questions related to the cooperation between the opposition parties before the April elections. 

Top Frequently Asked Questions About Populism

Is populism a threat to democracy? If populism is bad, how to counter it? In this new episode of the DEMOS podcast, three experts, including our Research Affiliate Levente Littvay answer Google’s top 5 frequently asked questions about populism.