Kim Lane Scheppele Talks About Orbán, Populism, and the Legal Path to Autocracy in New Podcast Episode

, 03.07.2024
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In this episode of the Vienna Coffee House Conversations, Ivan Vejvoda hosts Kim Lane Scheppele, the Lawrence S. Rockefeller Professor of Sociology and International Affairs at Princeton University. 

With a particular focus on the example of Hungary under Orbán, they explore the rise of populism, identity politics, and nationalism, and point out the threats these pose to democracy—especially when leaders exploit the legal frameworks of democratic institutions to entrench and extend their power. How can populism corrupt a democratic state into an autocracy?

Ivan Vejvoda is an IWM Permanent Fellow and Head of the Europe's Futures program at the IWM.

Click here to listen to the full podcast.