Combining the insights of EU-specific research on backsliding and coalitions with the literature on the international collaboration of autocrats, we argue that right-wing political leadership in Hungary and Poland have coalesced to advance their respective projects of democratic backsliding. We identify three distinct but intertwined uses of the coalition: (1) mutual protection afforded within the supranational arena aimed at limiting the EU's sanctioning capacities; (2) learning in the form of transfer of democratic backsliding policies; and (3) domestic legitimation. Three factors have driven coalescence patterns: intersecting interests, ideological proximity, and the EU's decision rules regarding sanctions.

Democratic backsliding in the European Union: the role of the Hungarian-Polish coalition / A. Holesch, A. Kyriazi. - In: EAST EUROPEAN POLITICS. - ISSN 2159-9165. - 38:1(2022 Jan 02), pp. 1-20. [10.1080/21599165.2020.1865319]

Democratic backsliding in the European Union: the role of the Hungarian-Polish coalition

A. Kyriazi
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2022

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Combining the insights of EU-specific research on backsliding and coalitions with the literature on the international collaboration of autocrats, we argue that right-wing political leadership in Hungary and Poland have coalesced to advance their respective projects of democratic backsliding. We identify three distinct but intertwined uses of the coalition: (1) mutual protection afforded within the supranational arena aimed at limiting the EU's sanctioning capacities; (2) learning in the form of transfer of democratic backsliding policies; and (3) domestic legitimation. Three factors have driven coalescence patterns: intersecting interests, ideological proximity, and the EU's decision rules regarding sanctions.
Democratic backsliding; European Union; coalition; Poland; Hungary; rule of law
Settore SPS/04 - Scienza Politica
2-gen-2022
5-gen-2021
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