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European Political Parties’ Complicity in Democratic Backsliding

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  • Fabio Wolkenstein, University of Amsterdam

This article discusses the contribution of European political parties to democratic backsliding. It focuses on the European People's Party's efforts to protect the Hungarian government, and the European Conservatives and Reformists party's permissive acceptance of the Polish government's attacks on democracy and the rule of law, analysing these patterns of behaviour as a form of complicity in democratic backsliding. In a second step, the article examines the existing possibilities and normative justification for sanctioning European political parties that make a complicit contribution to democratic backsliding.

TidsskriftGlobal Constitutionalism
Sider (fra-til)55 - 82
Antal sider28
StatusUdgivet - mar. 2022

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