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dc.contributor.authorBakke, Elisabeth
dc.contributor.authorSitter, Nick
dc.date.accessioned2021-11-11T14:03:57Z
dc.date.available2021-11-11T14:03:57Z
dc.date.created2020-07-27T13:10:07Z
dc.date.issued2020
dc.identifier.citationPerspectives on Politics. 2020, .en_US
dc.identifier.issn1537-5927
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/11250/2829165
dc.description.abstractIn the academic literature, Hungary and Poland are often cited as paradigmatic cases of democratic backsliding. However, as the backsliding narrative gained traction, the term has been applied to the rest of the post-communist region, including the Czech Republic and Slovakia. We suggest that this diagnosis is in part based on conceptual stretching, and set out to rescue the concept as an analytical tool. We then assess the extent of backsliding in the four Visegrád countries, explaining backsliding (and the relative lack of it) in terms of motive, opportunity, and the strength or weakness of opposing or constraining forces. We conclude that the situation is not as desperate as some commentators would have it: democratic backsliding in Hungary and Poland was contingent on a few exceptional factors, and EU leaders therefore need not be paralysed by the fear of contagion when they contemplate forceful action against backsliding member states.en_US
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.publisherCambridge University Pressen_US
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dc.titleThe EU’s Enfants Terribles: Democratic Backsliding in Central Europe since 2010en_US
dc.typeJournal articleen_US
dc.typePeer revieweden_US
dc.description.versionpublishedVersionen_US
dc.source.pagenumber16en_US
dc.source.journalPerspectives on Politicsen_US
dc.identifier.doi10.1017/S1537592720001292
dc.identifier.cristin1820607
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