The Threat of Selective Democracy: Popular dissatisfaction and exclusionary strategy of elites in East Central and Southeastern Europe
Title: The Threat of Selective Democracy: Popular dissatisfaction and exclusionary strategy of elites in East Central and Southeastern Europe
Citation: Southeastern Europe, 2012, 36, 3, 349–372
ISSN: 0094-4467; 1876-3332
The large dissatisfaction of citizens with post-communist democracy in Central and Eastern Europe favors populist and antisystemic parties and movements. These accuse their rivals of various forms of corruption and prescribe anti-systemic cures, including the discretionary exclusion of their rivals from political life. Analyzing the situations in Poland, Romania, and Hungary more closely, we reveal a risk of the development of "selective democracy", in which key elites and their supporters redefine the borders of the polity in an exclusionary way, denying various groups 14 of ‘enemies’ legitimate access and representation and thereby undermining basic democratic principles.
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