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

  • Date: –17:00
  • Location: IRES Library, Gamla torget 3 (3rd Floor), Uppsala
  • Lecturer: Adam Fabry (Postdoctoral research fellow at the Centro de Investigaciones y Estudios Sobre Cultura y Sociedad, CIECS-CONICET-UNC, Córdoba, Argentina)
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  • Organiser: The Institute for Russian and Eurasian Studies (IRES) with support from Uppsala Forum
  • Contact person: Matthew Kott
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A warm welcome to this Uppsala Forum guest lecture with visiting fellow Dr Adam Fabry, Postdoctoral research fellow at the Centro de Investigaciones y Estudios Sobre Cultura y Sociedad (CIECS-CONICET-UNC), Córdoba, Argentina. Lecture title is "From the End of History to the Rise of Authoritarian Neoliberalism: The Cases of Hungary, Poland and Russia."

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.



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.



He has previously published on the neoliberalisation of the Hungarian economy (Fabry 2017, 2011) and the rise of the far-right Jobbik party since the mid-2000s (Fabry 2015). He is also the author (together with Lorenzo Fusaro and Jason Xidias) of An Analysis of Antonio Gramsci’s Prison Notebooks (Routledge, 2015), and editor (together with Richard Saull, Alexander Anievas and Neil Davidson) of The Longue of the Far-Right: An International Historical Sociology (Routledge, 2015) and From the Vanguard to the Margins: Workers in Hungary, 1939 to the Present (Brill, 2014). A revised version of his PhD, entitled From State Capitalism to Authoritarian Populism: The Neoliberal Transformation of Hungary, is forthcoming in 2018 with Palgrave.



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.