Varieties of Illiberal Backlash in Central Europe

Petra Guasti, Lenka Bustikova

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Abortion, same-sex marriage, gender equality, and LGBTQ rights have become hotly contested topics in Central Europe over the past two decades. Abortion rights have been rolled back, and the expansion of LGBTQ rights has been stalled or reversed. What explains the varieties of illiberal backlash in Central Europe? We argue that the extent of backlash reflects the strength of an alliance between socially conservative advocacy groups and political parties. However, we also show two factors curbing illiberal backlash: public opinion and a pluralistic moderate confessional political party. Both factors constrain illiberal politicians and dampen the radicalization of parties in power.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)130-142
Number of pages13
JournalProblems of Post-Communism
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2023
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science


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