From the End of History to the Rise of Authoritarian Neoliberalism: The Cases of Hungary, Poland and Russia

  • Date: –17:00
  • Location: Institute for Russian and Eurasian Studies (IRES) Gamla torget 3, 3rd floor, IRES Library
  • Lecturer: Adam Fabry is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Centro de Investigaciones y Estudios Sobre Cultura y Sociedad (CIECS-CONICET-UNC), Córdoba, Argentina, where he currently does research on the comparative political economy of neoliberalisation in Eastern Europe and Latin America and the wider shift towards ‘authoritarian neoliberalism’ since the 2008 global economic crisis. In addition to his ongoing research, he sits on the editorial board of the Journal for Contemporary Central and Eastern Europe and on the corresponding editorial board of Historical Materialism: Research in Critical Marxist Theory. Currently Dr. Fabry is a visiting fellow at the Uppsala Forum on Democracy, Peace and Justice.
  • Organiser: Institute for Russian and Eurasian Studies (IRES)
  • Contact person: Jevgenija Gehsbarga
  • Phone: 0184711630
  • Föreläsning

This lecture analyses the contradictory fusion of authoritarianism and neoliberalism in the wake of the 2008 global economic crisis. Particular focus is placed on the Orbán regime in Hungary, which has skilfully combined some of the central tenets of neoliberalism with ‘authoritarian-ethnicist’ mesures in order to co-opt and coerce subaltern groups in society, and stoke xenophobic sentiments against ‘enemies’ of the nation. The lecture also discusses the prospects of different forms of resistance against the Orbán regime and like-minded regimes elsewhere in the region.