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The Rise of Illiberalism in Europe

Special Issue

Deadline: 30 September 2019


For information and submission style guidelines, please refer to the Instructions for Authors page before making your submission.
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What is illiberalism? 

In 1989 Francis Fukuyama wrote that the collapse of communism and the end of the cold war would lead to “the end of history”, writing that “universalization of Western liberal democracy [w] as the final form of human government”. Democracy, he argued, was an unstoppable force, and would soon transform not just the countries of central and eastern Europe, but the former Soviet Union, China, and the rest of the world as well.

Within a few years, he was proven wrong. Russia lurched from chaos towards authoritarianism, and since the turn of the century, Hungary has gradually moved away from liberal values towards what the Prime Minister, Victor Orban, has described as “illiberal democracy” (Toth, 2014). Since then, political parties representing an illiberal strand in politics have been elected in the United Kingdom, France, the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Spain, Poland, Slovakia, Italy and elsewhere.

But, what is illiberalism? How is it defined? How does it differ from populism? Is it a return to an earlier political mind set, or does it represent a new trend in politics? Is it a form of ‘alien import’ fostered by authoritarian regimes or a purely national development? What constitute the models of illiberalism? China? Russia? Hungary? How does outside manipulation play a role? And, how is illiberalism playing out in different countries within or adjacent to the EU?

The Journal of Contemporary European Studies (JCES) intends to publish a Special Issue on ‘The Rise of Illiberalism’ and responses to it, guest-edited by Andrew Ryder (University of Portsmouth). This is a call for papers on any aspects of illiberalism and from any disciplinary perspectives, whether focused on public opinion, politics and political parties, attitudes among minority groups and so on. Both comparative and national perspectives are welcome.

How to Submit:

Please send your article proposals to: andrewrydernyc@gmail.com no later than 30 September 2019.

Full articles should subsequently be submitted via the journal’s ScholarOne Manuscripts site: https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/cjea. Please ensure that you identify your article as a special issue article from the category selection list.

Articles should be around 6,000-8,000 words in length.

Please follow the instructions for authors and style guidelines as detailed on the journal website.

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Editorial Information

Guest Editor: Dr Andrew Ryder, University of Portsmouth. Email: andrewrydernyc@gmail.com



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