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Working Papers

The CEU DI Working Paper series showcases research-in-progress on the challenges democracy faces across the globe today.  This research engages in deep and sustained scientific investigation to create new knowledge. The series communicates research findings to policy-makers and other stakeholders engaged in the global discourse on democracy. The ultimate goal is to promote the success and sustainability of democracies worldwide. The Managing Editor of the CEU DI Working Paper Series is Oliver Garner.

Andreas Schedler, Alexander Bor: The End of Democratic Consolidation in the US

The US has ceased to be a consolidated democracy, Andreas Schedler, lead researcher of our De- and Re-Democratization Workgroup and Alexander Bor, our Post-doctoral Fellow write in the latest DI Working Paper based on the results of their online survey "Polarization and Democratic Trust in the U.S."

Andras Sajo: Militant Rule of Law and Not-So-Bad Law

"In illiberal regimes, the self-corrective mechanisms of the rule of law are gradually eliminated, but the name of the game remains the rule of law," our Senior Research Fellow Andras Sajo writes in the latest DI Working Paper.

Sarah Ganty and Karin De Vries: Non-discrimination in European Social Security Law: Exploring Safeguards Against Gender and Racial Discrimination

The Court of Justice of the EU has often taken an active role in developing case law on gender discrimination in relation to social security, a role that it has not played to the same extent where discrimination on the ground of racial or ethnic origin is concerned, our Research Fellow Sarah Ganty and Karin de Vries write in the latest CEU DI Working Paper.

Petra Bárd and Dimitry V. Kochenov: What Article 7 Is Not: The European Arrest Warrant and The De Facto Presumption of Guilt – Protecting EU Budget Better Than Human Rights?

The EU’s proclaimed nature as a value-based Union trumps its values in practice, as well as the most essential rights of Europeans caught in the maze of the CJEU’s wishful thinking, our Research Affiliate Petra Bárd and the lead researcher of our Rule of Law Working Group Dimitry Kochenov write in a new DI Working Paper.

Nicolas Hernandez, Thomas Campbell: Populism, Trauma, and Memory: Understanding Orban’s Use of History To Solidify Political Control

Current research has understudied the role of trauma and memory in understanding nationalism and populism, our Junior Research Affiliate Nicolas Hernandez and Thomas Campbell write in the latest CEU DI Working Paper.

Edit Zgut-Przybylska: Tilting the Playing Field Through Informal Power in Hungary and Poland – How Did Russia’s War in Ukraine Change the Eu’s Approach?

“Despite the EU coming up with new tools to address the problem, it failed to force Hungary and Poland to comply with the core values of the EU,” our re:constitution Fellow Edit Zgut-Przybylska writes in the latest CEU DI Working Paper.

Jacquelyn D. Veraldi: Private Power, the Rule of Law and the European Union

The rule of law has traditionally been conceived of as being limited to applying to public actors, including in the European Union. Yet the rule of law is meant to protect individuals from the arbitrary exercise of power, Jacquelyn D. Veraldi (University of Groningen) writes in the latest CEU DI Working Paper.

Oliver Garner: The Monarch: Silent Guardian of the United Kingdom Constitution?

The death of Queen Elizabeth II and the coronation of King Charles III may mark a renewal of the constitutional identity of the United Kingdom, our Post-doctoral Fellow Oliver Garner argues in the latest CEU DI Working Paper.

Martijn van den Brink: Taking the Gamble? A Legal and Political Analysis of the Possible Suspension of the Hungarian Council Presidency

In the latest CEU DI Working Paper Martijn van den Brink (Jacques Delors Centre, Hertie School of Governance) suggests that it might be better to allow Hungary to chair the Council in 2024 rather than in several years.

Balint Madlovics, Balint Magyar: Ukrainian Regime Cycles and the Russian Invasion

“The Russian aggression in Ukraine in February 2022 highlighted the urgency of updating general assumptions about the post-communist region,” our Junior Research Fellow Balint Madlovics and Senior Research Fellow Balint Magyar write in their CEU DI Working Paper.