Illiberal consensus without an authoritarian core : the case of Bulgaria
Title: Illiberal consensus without an authoritarian core : the case of Bulgaria
Author: STANOEVA, Elitza
Citation: Cultures of history forum, 2017, OnlineOnly
External link: http://www.cultures-of-history.uni-jena.de/focus/lex-ceu/illiberal-consensus-without-an-authoritarian-core-the-case-of-bulgaria/
The news about the recent Hungarian legislation that threatens the existence of the Central European University (CEU), known as ‘Lex CEU’, was received with mixed, sometimes strong feelings in the Bulgarian public. Bulgaria is a country that has its own love/hate tradition with George Soros. Its political class has profited quite a lot from his support over the years, even if many former grant recipients today would rather contest Soros’ visions of an open society. Indeed, the current state of affairs in Bulgarian politics and society suggests clear anti-liberal tendencies and a recourse to militant nationalism. Yet, as I will argue in this article, this is not really a new phenomenon. Instead, the developments in the country over the last decade and more rather point to a stable trend towards increasing illiberalism that is accelerated by rampant elite corruption and an ever decreasing media independence.
Published online 12. Sep 2017
Type of Access: openAccess
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