New Journal Publication: Governing new authoritarianism in Hungary and Poland

I had the pleasure to co-author a new publication in Social Policy & Administration with Noemi Lendvai-Bainton. It appeared online first on 2 August 2020. Reference: Lendvai‐Bainton, N., & Szelewa, D. (2020). Governing new authoritarianism: Populism, nationalism and radical welfare reforms in Hungary and Poland. Social Policy & Administration, Link to full text:


Drawing on contemporary academic literature on the rise of authoritarian neoliberalism (Bruff, 2014, Bruff, 2016, Giroux, 2015), the uneven geographies of neoliberalism (Peck, 2010), and authoritarian progress (Bloom, 2015; Brown, 2018), we aim to trace the rise of new authoritarianism in Hungary and Poland. We argue that the fast‐tracking of radical neoliberal economic policies in conjuncture with the building of an “illiberal democracy” with strong populism and nationalism brings about new ways of negotiating the economic, the political and the social in a post‐2008 landscape. This contemporary insurgence, we would argue, has significant impact on both the welfare state as an institutional structure for social sharing, as well as on the forms and practises of social citizenship. We aim to theorise “authoritarian neoliberalism” as a distinctive regime and draw comparative lessons from Hungary and Poland.


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