Understanding the Radical Right in Hungary

April 6th, 2021 · 44 mins 38 secs

About this Episode

Guest Dr. Katherine Kondor joins Right Rising to give us a deep dive into the growth of the Radical Right in Hungary. Along with host, Dr. James F. Downes (Head of the Populism Research Unit) Katherine also discusses the recent ideological transformation of the governing party Fidesz alongside the uniqueness of the political landscape in Hungary and the turn towards 'illiberal' democracy.

Katherine draws on her unique academic research relating to radicalisation, political activism and the radical right, in discussing about the ongoing ideological transformation of the opposition radical right party Jobbik and the 'new' radical right Our Homeland Movement Party (Mi Hazánk Mozgalom) in Hungary.

Katherine also speaks about the important differences between the radical right in (a) Central-Eastern European politics, compared to the radical right in the (b) Western European political landscape.

Katherine's recent article, published at Fair Observer: “Amidst the Pandemic, Central and Eastern Europe Witnesses an Erosion of Democracy” can be found at the following link: https://www.fairobserver.com/region/europe/katherine-kondor-covid-19-pandemic-central-eastern-europe-democracy-erosion-poland-hungary-serbia-news-76670/