Varieties and Explanations from Poland to Russia
News about post-communist Europe have been dominated, ever since the 2000s, by the coming to power of political forces rejecting the “consensus” surrounding market reforms and liberal democracy. These political forces — from the “Law and Justice” party in Poland, through “Fidesz” in Hungary, to Vladimir Putin’s “United Russia” — have been described in various terms, ranging from right-wing “populism” and “backsliding” regimes (to describe the dominant trend in Central Eastern Europe), to “authoritarianism”, “dictatorship”, and “one-man regime” in the case of Russia. From Poland to Hungary and Russia, these actors prefer to call themselves “conservatives”. They locate themselves within their countries’ conservative traditions and at the very same time as part of a global political, social and intellectual movement against a globalization driven by financial markets. In the case of Russia, even a takeover of the leading role in this movement is envisioned (Bluhm 2016).
The major goal of the conference is to explore the communalities and varieties in the new conservatism of Eastern Europe and Russia. For more details please find the program below.
09.02.2017 - 10.02.2017
Freie Universität Berlin
Seminarzentrum Silberlaube (ground floor), room L 116
Habelschwerdter Allee 45
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