Migration and Brexit


Mainstreaming the Far Right: Cultural Politics in Hungary


 In the following I will discuss the influence of the far Right on the formation of symbolic politics of the Fidesz government in Hungary. This phenomenon will be interpreted in the context of the Hungarian political regime as a whole.

Gender Relations and the Freedom Party of Austria (FPÖ)


 The article explores the controversial approach to gender issues in the Freedom Party of Austria (FPÖ). Therefore, I will give a brief overview of the representation of females within the party (i) and secondly, it will try to highlight the programmatic and discursive approach to gender in the official and semi-official publications of the FPÖ.

Does populism remake the world of institutions?


 Hanspeter Kriesi in his article on populist challenge (Kriesi, 2014) came out with an inspiring conclusion on the reasons for which the populism in the East European countries is different compared to the West European populism. Let us summarise his main points: the Central and Eastern Europe democracies are less established, the party system’s representation function is low, which is mainly caused by the lack of institutionalisation of those parties as well as by the low-quality performance of the public authorities.

Populist-Nationalist Discourse in the European Periphery. The Case of Romania.

Valentin Quintus NICOLESCU

 Our article focuses on the reproductive dynamics of the populist nationalist discourse present in Romanian social media. We are particularly interested in exploring the possible emergence of a specific Eastern-European type of right wing populism, reflected by the authoritarian politics professed by Viktor Orban, Andrej Duda, Robert Fico or, in Romania, Traian Bãsescu and the PMP (Popular Movement Party). Thus, in the first part of our article we are exploring the main theoretical discussions regarding populism in general and its Eastern European manifestation in particular.

Globalized Anti-Globalists. The Ideological Basis of the Internationalization of Right-Wing Extremism


 This paper is an attempt to identify the ideological grounds of the contemporary right wing extremism seen as a global political phenomenon. I approach right wing extremism not as individual, isolated national movements, but as an international network of cooperating movements and organisations.

Populist wind and electoral behaviour. The case of the Italian constitutional referendum

Vittorio AMATO

 The Italian referendum was followed closely everywhere in Europe (and elsewhere) and the fear of a potential Italian exit from Europe or the Eurozone was palpable. Yet, this scenario was and is unlikely. The fear of political instability of the government in case of a referendum rejection, and the potential risk for the stability of financial markets, which turned out to be highly overestimated, frightened the rest of the world much more than Italy itself.

Catholic and Nationalist Populism in the Current Poland


 This paper is dedicated to Catholic and nationalist populism that has become a part of political party called Prawo i Sprawiedliwooeæ (Law and Justice), the faction which currently rules in Poland. This attitude of populism is characteristic also for its leader Jaros³aw Kaczyñski who builds his political strategy on populist slogans concerning nationalist and Catholic elements. The level of populism has permanently been growing since the origin of PiS. The great power that supports these tendencies is the Catholic hierarchy.

The Populist Revolt against Globalisation


 A tormented wave of anti-establishment populism is haunting Europe. Populist parties have managed to enter the political centre stage. This is partly the result of the breakthrough of former extremeright or far right parties to the ‘regular right’ part of the political spectrum and of the drift to the right in the European political discourse concerning issues of immigration, Islam and the concept of the multicultural society after nine-eleven. In Europe, populism not only comes from the right, but from the anti-liberal protectionist left wing as well.