Carnegie Mellon University

Exceptionalism and the New Mainstream

Exceptionalism and the New Mainstream

Explaining Viktor Orbán’ s Illiberal Regime in Hungary


Stefano Bottoni

Wednesday, November 20, 2019
4:30-6:00 PM
Simmons A, Tepper Quad, Carnegie Mellon University

Thirty years after the democratic transition in 1989, hybrid political cultures have taken root in the European semiperipheries. This talk analyzes how former “model pupil” Hungary became under prime minister Viktor Orbán the most visible and conceptually refined example of the rejection of liberal democracy, and provides some insights on how to tackle this regional challenge.

Stefano Bottoni, PhD in History at the University of Bologna, is Senior Lecturer at the University of Florence and previously Senior Fellow at the Institute of History of Research Centre for the Humanities at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (2009-2019).

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Sponsors: Carnegie Mellon University Deptartments of History  & English, Classrooms Without Borders, and The Center for Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies at the University of Pittsburgh