Depleting democracies

Radical right impact on parties, policies and polities in Eastern Europe

By Prof Michael Minkenberg and Zsuzsanna Végh

Depleting democracies


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Book Information

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-6018-8
  • Pages: 296
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £85.00
  • Published Date: May 2023
  • BIC Category: European Politics, Politics, Politics & government, POLITICAL SCIENCE / World / European, POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Ideologies / Radicalism, POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Ideologies / Democracy, POLITICAL SCIENCE / Comparative Politics, Eastern Europe, Society & social sciences / Political structures: democracy, Society & social sciences / Politics & government
  • Series: Global Studies of the Far Right


How and to what degree have the radical right in Eastern Europe affected democratic quality? What is the relationship between the radical right's electoral strength, its coalition and blackmail potential and its impact? How do other parties respond if nationalism gains ground in a democracy?

Depleting democracies explores these questions through the examples of three groups of countries where radical right parties are strong: Bulgaria and Slovakia; Hungary, Poland and Romania; and the Czech Republic and Estonia. Combining quantitative and qualitative methods, the book examines how radical right parties influenced mainstream parties' positions and public policy regarding vulnerable groups such as ethnic and national minorities and asylum-seekers between 2000 and 2016. It argues that by undermining the liberal values of equality and inclusiveness, they drive a process of depletion that fundamentally challenges democratic quality in the region.


1 Conceptualizing the radical right and its impact: from politics to policies to polity
2 Cases and contexts: countries and parties, culture and politics
3 Position shifts: radical right impact on mainstream parties
4 Policy shifts: radical right impact on policies regarding minority and asylum issues
5 Polity shifts: the radical right and democratic quality in the region


Michael Minkenberg is Professor of Comparative Politics at the European University Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder)

Zsuzsanna Végh is a Researcher at the Chair of Comparative Politics at the European University Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder)

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