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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

New Book by Balint Magyar and Balint Madlovics

We are happy to announce that the new book of our Senior Research Fellow Balint Magyar and Junior Research Fellow Balint Madlovics has been published by CEU Press.

Levente Littvay on Contending with and Measuring Populism

“Populist attitudes have four dimensions, the three that were theoretically sound—people-centrism, anti-elitism, and a Manichean worldview—plus authoritarianism,” our Research Affiliate Levente Littvay said in an interview with Illiberalism.org.

Filip Milacic: Stateness and Democratic Backsliding in the Former Yugoslavia: How Political Actors Subvert Democracy in the Name of the Nation

“A democracy can emerge within the context of unresolved matters of state and nation but it is unlikely that it will flourish,” our Research Affiliate Filip Milacic writes in his article in Nations and Nationalism.

Balint Magyar, Balint Madlovics: A Concise Field Guide to Post-Communist Regimes

The new book of our Senior Research Fellow Balint Magyar and Junior Research Fellow Balint Madlovics has been published by CEU Press.

Filip Milacic: Stateness and Democratic Consolidation

The new volume of our Research Affiliate, Filip Milacic, entitled Stateness and Democratic Consolidation – Lessons from Former Yugoslavia, comprehensively analyzes nation-building and democratization of the former Yugoslav republics.

Audiovisuals

Julia Sonnevend on Politicians’ Charm

In the 20th century, politicians’ charm was based on distance, while today, they are trying to construct an image of being “one of us,” our Research Affiliate Julia Sonnevend said as the guest in Friderikusz Podcast, a Hungarian show.

Voters Turn Towards Symbolic Personalities When They Are Disappointed with Political Parties

Zsolt Enyedi discusses party cooperation with Danica Fink-Hafner, professor and Head of the Political Science Research Program at University of Ljubljana, and expert on party politics, European integration, nation-building, interest-representation and democratization.

The Nationalism-Populism-Social Conservatism Database of Presidents and Prime Ministers

Did you miss the presentation of our Research Affiliate Erin Jenne, who introduced the Nationalism-Populism-Social Conservatism database of chief executives? Watch it now!

New Podcast: Zsolt Enyedi on the Hungarian Election

Our Research Affiliate Zsolt Enyedi was interviewed by Cas Mudde for his Radikaal Podcast series.

Overcoming Pernicious Polarization and Protecting Democracy

Did you miss this lecture on polarization and protecting democracy by our Research Affiliate Jennifer McCoy? Watch it now!