"This book shows the rise and morphology of a self-identified `illiberal democracy', the first 21st century illiberal political regime arising in the European Union. Since 2010, Viktor Orban's governments in Hungary have convincingly offered an anti-modernist and anti-cosmopolitan/anti-European Unionist rhetoric, discourse and constitutional identity to challenge neo-liberal democracy. The Hungarian case provides unique observation points for students of transitology, especially those who are interested in states which are to abandon pathways of liberal democracy.The author demonstrates how illiberalism is present both in `how' and `what' is being done: the style, format and procedure of legislation; as well as the substance: the dismantling of institutional rule of law guarantees and the weakening of checks and balances. The book also discusses the ideological commitments and constitutionally framed and cemented value preferences, and a reconstituted and re-conceptualized relationship between the state and its citizens, which is not evidently supported by Hungarians' value system and life-style choices."--Provided by publisher.
Formatted Contents Note
chapter Introduction part PART I Chronology and explanations: what happened in Hungary in 2010-2012 chapter 1 Democratic U-turn, the chronology of building an illiberal democracy chapter 2 Causes and explanations part PART II The microfabric of the Hungarian illiberal democracy chapter 3 Illiberalism as constitutional identity chapter 4 Intimate citizenship and value preferences in the new Constitution chapter 5 Illiberal multiculturalism: deceptive premises, misguided policies chapter 6 Communitarians, dignity and privacy: personhood and transparency in the System of National Cooperation chapter 7 Closing remarks.