The Rise of Populist Nationalism

Social Resentments and the Anti-constitutionalist Turn in Hungary
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310 pages

The authors of this book approach the emergence and endurance of the populist nationalism in post-communist Eastern Europe, with special emphasis on Hungary. They attempt to understand the reasons behind public discourses that increasingly reframe politics in terms of nationhood and nationalism.

Overall, the volume attempts to explain how the new nationalism is rooted in recent political, economic and social processes. The contributors focus on two motifs in public discourse: shift and legacy. Some focus on shifts in public law and shifts in political ethno-nationalism through the lens of constitutional law, while others explain the social and political roots of these shifts. Others discuss the effects of legacy in memory and culture and suggest that both shift and legacy combine to produce the new era of identity politics. Legal experts emphasize that the new Fundamental Law of Hungary is radically different from all previous Hungarian constitutions, and clearly reflects a redefinition of the Hungarian state itself. The authors further examine the role of developments in the fields of sociology and political science that contribute to the kind of politics in which identity is at the fore.

Introduction (Margit Feischmidt, Balázs Majtényi)

Constitutional Continuity Disrupted (Kriszta Kovács)

Continuity, Discontinuity and Constitution-Making: A Comparative Account (Zsolt Körtvélyesi)

A Nation Torn Apart by its Constitution? Nationality and Ethnicity in the Context of the Hungarian Fundamental Law (Nóra Chronowski)

Towards an illiberal extraterritorial political community? Hungary’s ‘Simplified Naturalisation’ and its ramifications (Chris Moreh)

Shift in the Hungarian Roma policy after 2010 (Balázs Majtényi, György Majtényi)

New forms of Nationalism in and the Discursive Construction of the Gypsy Other (Margit Feischmidt)

Civil Society and the Right-wing Radicalization of the Public Sphere in Hungary (Virág Molnár)

Why Elite Workers' Attracted by the Radical Right? The Impact of Deeply Ingrained Nationalism and Perceptions of Exploitations (Eszter Bartha, András Tóth)

Divergent Understandings of Politics and Motivations for Civic Participation among the Politically Active Students (Andrea Szabó, Dániel Oross, Dániel Róna)