Riding the Covid waves: authoritarian socio-economic responses of east central Europe’s anti-liberal governments

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Bohle, D., Medve-Bálint, G., Šćepanović, V. and Toplisek, A. 2022. Riding the Covid waves: authoritarian socio-economic responses of east central Europe’s anti-liberal governments. East European Politics. pp. 1-26. https://doi.org/10.1080/21599165.2022.2122044
AuthorsBohle, D., Medve-Bálint, G., Šćepanović, V. and Toplisek, A.
Abstract

The extraordinary context of the COVID-19 crisis gave governments around the world a freer hand to reshape their socio-economic orders. Political economists studying East Central Europe have started a debate in how far democratic backsliding in the region has ushered in a more authoritarian form of capitalism. Our paper examines responses to COVID-19 of four anti-liberal governments in the region: Hungary, Poland, Serbia, and Slovenia. Incorporating multiple case studies, it assesses the degree to which growing centralisation of political power has entrenched different mechanisms of authoritarian capitalism, as well as the limits to their use in different national contexts.

Keywordsanti-liberalism; authoritarian capitalism; COVID-19 crisis; Hungary; Poland; Serbia
Year2022
JournalEast European Politics
Journal citationpp. 1-26
PublisherTaylor & Francis Group plc
ISSN2159-9173
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/21599165.2022.2122044
Web address (URL)https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/21599165.2022.2122044
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Deposited23 Sep 2022
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