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The Rise of Populist Nationalism

Social Resentments and Capturing the Constitution in Hungary

The authors of this book approach the emergence and endurance of the populist nationalism in post-socialist Eastern Europe, with special emphasis on Hungary. They attempt to understand the reasons behind public discourses that increasingly reframe politics in terms of nationhood and nationalism.

Overall, the volume attempts to explain how the new nationalism is rooted in recent political, economic and social processes. The contributors focus on two motifs in public discourse: shift and legacy. Some focus on shifts in public law and shifts in political ethno-nationalism through the lens of constitutional law, while others explain the social and political roots of these shifts. Others discuss the effects of legacy in memory and culture and suggest that both shift and legacy combine to produce the new era of identity politics. Legal experts emphasize that the new Fundamental Law of Hungary is radically different from all previous Hungarian constitutions, and clearly reflects a redefinition of the Hungarian state itself. The authors further examine the role of developments in the fields of sociology and political science that contribute to the kind of politics in which identity is at the fore.

About the Authors

Margit Feischmidt is Head of Research Department, Research Chair, Institute for Minority Studies at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Centre for Social Sciences, Budapest, Hungary; Associate Professor at University of Pécs, Institute for Media and Communication Studies. Balázs Majtényi is Researcher, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Centre for Social Sciences, Institute for Legal Studies, and Associate Professor, Eötvös Loránd University, Faculty of Social Sciences.


"The book makes a solid contribution both to the fields of Hungarian politics and national populism. Focusing on just three topics, it offers an in-depth account of the transformation of Hungarian politics during the last decade, combining research on constitutional law with political science. We need more works like this to help us understand the current transformation in postcommunist countries, as well as the effect of the transformation on the shift of views regarding liberal democracy. Applying political science approaches to the study of constitutional law offers new material to understand how populist leaders manipulate institutions and how this can affect both national minorities and the quality of democracy."
https://doi.org/10.1080/09668136.2021.1977036—George Kordas, Europe-Asia Studies

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