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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.

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.

Barbara Grabowska-Moroz: Judicial Dialogue About Judicial Independence in Terms of Rule of Law Backsliding

The latest CEU DI Working Paper by our Post-doctoral Fellow Barbara Grabowska-Moroz discusses the recent ruling of the Court of Justice of the EU in the Getin Noble Bank case.

Dimitry Kochenov: Dialogical Rule of Law in the Hands of the Court of Justice: Analysis and Critique

In his new CEU DI Working Paper Dimitry Kochenov, lead researcher of our Rule of Law Workgroup argues that “the Court of Justice deploys the Rule of Law to pre-empt necessary dialogue and to disqualify substantive arguments of principle originating in other legal orders.”

Jonathan Becker: What Civic Engagement Is… And Is Not

This new CEU DI Working Paper by Jonathan Becker, Professor of Political Studies and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Bard College, and the founder and Director of Bard’s Center for Civic Engagement, interrogates the meaning of civic engagement, “an oft-used but rarely defined term.”

Martin Krygier: The Ideal of the Rule of Law and Private Power

In his new CEU DI Working Paper our Senior Research Fellow Martin Krygier argues for the inclusion of private power as integral to the ideal of the rule of law.

Andras Sajo: On the Difficulties of Rule of Law Restoration

“The inherent weaknesses and uncertainties of the Rule of Law contribute to illiberal regime building,” our Senior Research Fellow Andras Sajo argues in the latest CEU DI Working Paper.