Illiberal Constitutionalism in Poland and Hungary

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The Deterioration of Democracy, Misuse of Human Rights and Abuse of the Rule of Law

In a new monograph, Tímea Drinóczi* and Agnieszka Bień-Kacała** address some of the signal issues of our times for the future of democracy. In a recent interview with the International Association of Constitutional Law (IACL), they said:

We were shocked by the repetitive electoral victory of Fidesz that it achieved despite its demolition of the constitutional system and the first victory of the Law and Justice Party, which followed suit in Poland. We developed an interest basically in two issues. The first was the question of how people could still support these systems. The second was an increasing curiosity in the extent of the deterioration. From the onset of the constitutional remodelling, scholars labelled these states (modern) authoritarianism. We wanted to see if this claim can be supported both quantitatively and qualitatively.

Tímea Drinóczi and Agnieszka Bień-Kacała

The book is due for release in Sepetember 2021, from Routledge.

Read the full interview on the IACL-AIDC blogsite.

Read more about the book on the publisher’s website.

*Tímea Drinóczi is a Visiting Professor at the Faculty of Law at Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil, and a Professor of the University of Pécs, Hungary.

**Agnieszka Bień-Kacała is a Professor within the Department of Constitutional Law, Faculty of Law and Administration at Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń, Poland.