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Gabor Scheiring (Bocconi University) gives a talk on Neoliberalism, Illiberalism, or Both? Insights from Hungary about the New Right Hegemony, in the Political Economy Working Group

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  • Thu 22 Oct 2020 17.00 - 19.00
  Add to Calendar 2020-10-22 17:00 2020-10-22 19:00 Europe/Paris Gabor Scheiring (Bocconi University) gives a talk on Neoliberalism, Illiberalism, or Both? Insights from Hungary about the New Right Hegemony, in the Political Economy Working Group

Political Economy Working Group

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Abstract: Democracy is on the retreat around the globe. A New Right hegemony has arisen in Brazil, in India, in the UK, or in the US. Hungary under Viktor Orbán is one of the most frequently cited examples. Yet, popular explanations about this New Right hegemony are not satisfying. Gabor Scheiring's talk addresses these questions based on the author's new book, The Retreat of Liberal Democracy: Authoritarian Capitalism and the Accumulative State in Hungary Relying (Palgrave, 2020). Relying on three years of empirical research and four years in politics the book provides a fresh answer to a simple yet profound question: why has liberal democracy retreated in Hungary? Scheiring argues that Hungary’s new hybrid authoritarian regime emerged as a political response to the tensions of globalization. He demonstrates how Viktor Orbán’s Fidesz exploited the rising nationalism among the working-class casualties of deindustrialization and the national bourgeoisie to consolidate illiberal hegemony. Yet, workers are not among the prime beneficiaries of the new regime, which relies on national-populist fixes to bolster Orbán's exclusionary-neoliberal rule. As the world faces a new wave of autocratisation, Hungary’s lessons become relevant across the globe, and this book represents a significant contribution to understanding challenges to democracy.

Sala del Capitolo - Badia Fiesolana DD/MM/YYYY
  Sala del Capitolo - Badia Fiesolana

Political Economy Working Group

Registration required

Abstract: Democracy is on the retreat around the globe. A New Right hegemony has arisen in Brazil, in India, in the UK, or in the US. Hungary under Viktor Orbán is one of the most frequently cited examples. Yet, popular explanations about this New Right hegemony are not satisfying. Gabor Scheiring's talk addresses these questions based on the author's new book, The Retreat of Liberal Democracy: Authoritarian Capitalism and the Accumulative State in Hungary Relying (Palgrave, 2020). Relying on three years of empirical research and four years in politics the book provides a fresh answer to a simple yet profound question: why has liberal democracy retreated in Hungary? Scheiring argues that Hungary’s new hybrid authoritarian regime emerged as a political response to the tensions of globalization. He demonstrates how Viktor Orbán’s Fidesz exploited the rising nationalism among the working-class casualties of deindustrialization and the national bourgeoisie to consolidate illiberal hegemony. Yet, workers are not among the prime beneficiaries of the new regime, which relies on national-populist fixes to bolster Orbán's exclusionary-neoliberal rule. As the world faces a new wave of autocratisation, Hungary’s lessons become relevant across the globe, and this book represents a significant contribution to understanding challenges to democracy.


Location:
Sala del Capitolo - Badia Fiesolana

Affiliation:
Department of Political and Social Sciences

Type:
Working group

Contact:
Jennifer Rose Dari (EUI - Department of Political and Social Sciences) - Send a mail

Organiser:
Prof. Dorothee Bohle (EUI - Department of Political and Social Sciences)
Nils Oellerich (EUI - Department of Political and Social Sciences)
Luuk Pieter Hendrik Schmitz (EUI - Department of Political and Social Sciences)

Speaker:
Marie Curie Fellow Gabor Scheiring (Department of Social and Political Sciences, Bocconi University, Milan)
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