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The AUTHLIB Blog is a platform of academic and policy debate publishing commentary, analysis and opinion pieces around the topics of (neo-)authoritarianism, illiberalism, populism, challenges to liberal democracy, democratic erosion and backsliding, democratic security and resilience, and related political events and developments primarily but not exclusively on the European scene. It seeks to facilitate discussion between the scholarly and policy communities dealing with the above questions, in a language that is accessible also to the broader public.

The AUTHLIB Blog operates in the framework of the project “AUTHLIB – Neo-Authoritarianisms in Europe and the Liberal Democratic Response”, funded by the European Union and the UK Research and Innovation. Views and opinions expressed in the articles are however those of the author(s) only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union, UK Research and Innovation, AUTHLIB consortium member or the editors of the AUTHLIB Blog, and none of the latter can be held responsible for them.



Snap Elections in Bulgaria: Another Chance for the Radical Right?

On April 2, Bulgarians will go to the polls for the fifth time since 2021 as their country holds yet again parliamentary snap elections amid an ongoing political deadlock. This…

Defeating Populism: The 2023 Czech Presidential Elections

How can populism be defeated? In the Czech presidential election, the populist billionaire Andrej Babis was defeated by the ability of  his opponent, Petr Pavel, to build a broad democratic…

The Many Faces of Autocratization: Exploring the Ideological Spectrum

Understanding the values, ideas, and norms held by the illiberal drivers of the current trend of global de-democratization is crucial for strengthening the resilience of liberal democracy. A comprehensive review…