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Illiberal Trends and Anti-EU Politics in East Central Europe

Palgrave Macmillan
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  • Unpacks the forms of and reasons for de-Europeanisation in Central Europe

  • Contributes to our understanding of the political opinions on the EU in Central Europe

Part of the book series: Palgrave Studies in European Union Politics (PSEUP)

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Table of contents (14 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xx
  2. EU Reactions to Illiberal and Anti-EU Politics

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 207-207
  3. Theoretical Reflections and Conclusions

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 283-283
  4. Back Matter

    Pages 349-353

About this book

This open access book provides an in-depth look into the background of rule of law problems and the open defiance of EU law in East Central European countries. Current illiberal trends and anti-EU politics have the potential to undermine mutual trust between member states and fundamentally change the EU. It is therefore crucial to understand their domestic causes, context conditions, specific processes and consequences. This volume contributes to empirically informed theory-building and includes contributions from researchers from various disciplines and multiple perspectives on illiberal trends and anti-EU politics in the region. The qualitative case studies, comparative works and quantitative analyses provide a comprehensive picture of current societal, political and institutional developments in the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia. Through studying similarities and differences between East Central European and other EU countries, the chapters also explore whether there are regional patterns of democracy- and EU-related problems.


  • Open Access
  • European Union politics
  • European integration
  • illiberal politics
  • backsliding
  • democracy
  • East Central Europe
  • rule of law
  • EU law violations
  • EU enlargement


'This important volume sheds new light on a great puzzle of the European integration project: What explains the successes of illiberal politics and anti-EU rhetoric in societies where public trust in EU institutions remains strong? The studies included focus on the four Visegrád countries that were once considered to be front-runners of Europeanization in East Central Europe and offer a rich spectrum of multidisciplinary perspectives by scholars from across the European continent.’

Zsuzsa Csergő, Professor Political Studies at Queen's University, Canada

‘This timely volume offers an original, comprehensive and nuanced account of current illiberal trends and anti-European and Euroskeptic politics in East Central Europe. It is a most welcome and informative read for anyone interested in rule of law and compliance challenges in the EU, their contextual frames, processes, conditions and consequences.’

- Andreas Maurer, Professor and Jean Monnet Chair for EU Integration Studies at Innsbruck University, Austria


Editors and Affiliations

  • Institute of Political Science, Leipzig University, Leipzig, Germany

    Astrid Lorenz, Lisa H. Anders

About the editors

Astrid Lorenz is Professor of the Political System of Germany and Politics in Europe in the Institute of Political Science at Leipzig University, Germany.

Lisa H. Anders is a researcher in the Institute for Political Science at Leipzig University, Germany.

Bibliographic Information

Buying options

Softcover Book USD 49.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book USD 59.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)