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Die gefährdete Demokratie

Illiberale Demokratie - Populismus - Europaskepsis
Nomos,  2017, 244 Pages, E-Book

ISBN 978-3-8452-8636-5

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englischHungary and Poland have been heavily criticised for some time now because they pursue an ‘illiberal’ form of democracy and, in doing so, violate the principles at the heart of the EU. The combination of the right-wing populism prevalent in these countries and their tendency towards illiberal democracy conveys stark Euroscepticism. The author of this book has been working as a university lecturer of political economics in Hungary since 2012. This book collates a selection of essays and lectures in which he examines the significance of autonomous institutions for a free democracy, the EU’s problems with identification and legitimation, and Francis Fukuyama’s claim that history proves there is no better solution for society than to combine a constitutional democracy with a liberal economic system.

The contributions collected in this book offer a nuanced perspective on the attitudes of central and southeast European countries, while also stressing the dangers that ‘illiberal’ democracies pose.

»Die Beiträge machen deutlich, dass eine Demokratie, wenn sie nicht in eine "Tyrannei der Mehrheit" abgleiten will, einer effektiven rechtsstaatlichen Fesselung bedarf. Das ist ihre einfache aber wichtige Botschaft - allein deswegen kann die Lektüre empfohlen werden.«
Jörn Ketelhut, ZParl 1/2019, 199