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Illiberalism in the V4: Pressure Points and Bright Spots

Vít Dostál Vít Dostál / Ed. 24. 10. 2018

This study focuses on the Visegrád countries and the similar patterns in them that play a role in the new illiberal trend in Central Europe. One of the authors of this study is our Research Director Vít Dostál.

The study’s is to systematically analyse and compare illiberal tendencies in the Visegrád countries mainly in Hungary and Poland but with an outlook on the Czech Republic and Slovakia as well. The main goal of the study is to identify the potential of illiberal system-building in the Visegrád countries and its limits based on the following aspects, among others:

  • Checks and balances
  • Constitutional arrangements
  • Centralization of power
  • Electoral system, party system
  • Structure of the public sphere, state of the media and civil society
  • Attitudes towards democracy, values and the West

The study was published by the Political Capital Policy Research and Consulting Institute and supported by the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom.


Czech Republic 610
Hungary 95
Poland 248
Slovakia 117
Visegrad Group 260
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