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RECONNECT Webinar: "From democratic backsliding to dictatorship in the time of Corona?"

With Prof. Dan Kelemen and Prof. Gabor Halmai

 April 08 2020 - 15:00 - 16:00 CET

In recent years, the EU has tolerated backsliding on rule of law and democracy in Hungary, Poland and some other member states. Its responses have been, for the most part, feeble and ineffectual. In a recent article on the EU's "authoritarian equilibrium" I explored how hybrid authoritarian regimes are able to thrive within the EU. In concluding, I noted that, "While EU membership may not assure that member states remain democracies, it will likely prevent them from becoming full-blown ; However, recent developments in Hungary suggest this may have been an overly optimistic conclusion. The Orban government has exploited the coronavirus crisis as an excuse to introduce sweeping emergency powers that enable it to rule by decree indefinitely. In other words, it has moved from electoral autocracy to outright dictatorship.  Thus far, the EU's response has been muted. There is a risk that other governments may take Orbán's cue and make similar (if less egregious) moves. This webinar will explore the political and legal developments that brought the EU to the point where it is home to a blatantly autocratic government, and assess the prospects for any EU response.

About the speaker

R. Daniel Kelemen is Professor of Political Science and Law and Jean Monnet Chair in European Union Politics at Rutgers University. Kelemen's research focuses on the politics of the European Union, law and politics, comparative political economy, and comparative public policy. His 2011 book Eurolegalism: The Transformation of Law and Regulation in the European Union (Harvard University Press) won the Best Book Award from the European Union Studies Association.

Moderator: Alex Andrione-Moylan (KU Leuven) 

Participation is free and the webinar can be joined from anywhere in the world.



8 Apr 2020 @ 03:00 pm

8 Apr 2020 @ 04:00 pm

Duration: 1 hours


Organised by

Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies, KU Leuven

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