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Illiberal Democracy in Unstable Times: the Perils of Democracy in Central & Eastern Europe

Panel Discussion
The CEU Campus
Thursday, May 18, 2017, 6:30 pm

Recent legislation in Hungary targeting the Central European University, following on the heels of a creeping authoritarianism in several Central European countries, has raised the spectre of an ‘Illiberal democracy” — electoral democracy without liberal constitutional safeguards.

Experts on the region will discuss these recent developments and what they imply for politics and society. The event is organized by the LSE European Institute and will take place in London.


  • Miklós Haraszti, Hungarian author, professor, and human rights promoter. He is Visiting Professor at Central European University
  • Denisa Kostovicova, Associate Professor in Global Politics at the Government Department and a Research Fellow at the Civil Society and Human Security Research Unit at the Department of International Development at the LSE
  • Jan Zielonka, Professor of European Politics and Ralf Dahrendorf Fellow at St Anthony’s College, Oxford University

Chair: Jennifer Jackson-Preece, Associate Professor in Nationalism in Europe and Deputy Head of the European Institute, LSE.

The LSE European Institute is a centre for research and graduate teaching on the processes of integration and fragmentation within Europe. In the most recent national Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014) the Institute was ranked first for research in its sector.

Twitter Hashtag for this event: #LSEDemocracy