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CIVICA Democracy in the 21st Century Seminar Series | The Far Right Today: Austria in Comparative Perspective

Cas Mudde
Monday, June 12, 2023, 5:45 pm – 7:15 pm

Cas Mudde - The Far Right Today: Austria in Comparative Perspective

Moderator: Carsten Q. Schneider (CEU)

This event is part of the CIVICA Democracy in the 21st Century Seminar Series

Wine and cheese reception to follow.

Few countries have such a prominent and longstanding far-right party as Austria, The Austrian Freedom Party (FPÖ) was one of the most prominent far-right parties in the last two decades of the 20th century,  with its leader Jörg Haider as its internationally infamous leader. Today, the party is no longer among the most prominent, and its leader largely unknown abroad, but that is not so much because of its lack of success but rather because of the even bigger success of far-right parties in other countries. In this lecture, Cas Mudde lays out the key arguments of his book “The Far Right Today” (Polity, 2019) and discusses the case of Austria as an early example of the mainstreaming of the far right and the consequences for liberal democracy.

Cas Mudde is a Professor at the University of Georgia (USA), and in the Centre for Research on Extremism at the University of Oslo. He is a leading scholar on populism and the far-right in Europe who has widely published on challenges to liberal democracies, radical right parties, and Euroskepticism. Going beyond identifying the problems, his scholarly interests also include developing 'best practices' about how liberal democracies can defend themselves without undermining their core values. His role as a public intellectual is equally important in shaping discussions on these subjects: his column in the Guardian regularly deals with US and European politics. 

Cas Mudde received his MA and PhD at Leiden University under the supervision of Peter Mair. Later he was a professor at Central European University in Budapest, the University of Edinburgh, the University of Antwerp until he moved to the United States in 2008 where he was visiting professor and fellow at the University of Oregon, the University of Notre Dame, and DePauw University.

This event will be livestreamed via Zoom.