New Conservatives in Russia and East Central Europe

1st Edition

Katharina Bluhm, Mihai Varga

Routledge
Published August 23, 2018
Reference - 312 Pages - 2 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138496866 - CAT# K350594
Series: Routledge Contemporary Russia and Eastern Europe Series

USD$170.00

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Summary

This book explores the emergence, and in Poland, Hungary, and Russia the coming to power, of politicians and political parties rejecting the consensus around market reforms, democratization, and rule of law that has characterized moves toward an "open society" from the 1990s. It discusses how over the last decade these political actors, together with various think tanks, intellectual circles, and religious actors, have increasingly presented themselves as "conservatives," and outlines how these actors are developing a new local brand of conservatism as a full-fledged ideology that counters the perceived liberal overemphasis on individual rights and freedom, and differs from the ideology of the established, present-day conservative parties of Western Europe. Overall, the book argues that the "renaissance of conservatism" in these countries represents variations on a new, illiberal conservatism that aims to re-establish a strong state sovereignty defining and pursuing a national path of development.

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