Evening Session I: Illiberal democracies in Hungary and Poland compared

Tuesday, 15:15 – 17:00, Conference Hall

Chair: Olga Wysocka (Adam Mickiewicz Institute)


Pál Tamás (Corvinus University, Budapest)

Governance in contemporary Central European populism: ability/non-ability to change of Hungarian and Polish regimes

Pál Tamás is Hungarian social researcher, research professor of the Corvinus University of Budapest, School of Economics and Senior Fellow, Institute of Sociology, Hungarian Academy of Sciences. He is also Permanent Foreign Professor at the Moscow Lomonosov State University, School of Journalism, Moscow, Russia. During 1991-2010 he was a President of the Hungarian Sociological Association, past Director of the Institute of Sociology, Hungarian Academy of Sciences.  


Attila Ágh (Corvinus University, Budapest)

The “populist explosion” in the West and its effect on the CEE: The Polish and Hungarian populist blind alley compared

Attila Ágh is currently an Emeritus Professor in Political Science at Corvinus University in Budapest. He received his PhD in European Sciences in Nancy (France) in 1967. He became a Full Professor in 1978. In the 1980s he was the Director of the Hungarian Institute for International Relations and dealt extensively with the theory and practice of foreign affairs and policy planning. Between 1990 and 2002 he was the Head of Political Science Department at the Budapest University of Economics and he is the Director of the Hungarian Centre for Democracy Studies. Professor Ágh’s major research interest is comparative politics as Europeanization and “linkage politics”, i.e. the relationship between external and domestic factors in the Central European developments.


Ladislav Cabada (Metropolitan University, Prague)

Anti-modernity as significant characteristic in the rhetoric of populist politicians and media: the cases of Poland and Hungary

Ladislav Cabada is an associated professor at the Metropolitan University, Prague. He studied Political Science at the Faculty of Social Science, Charles University in Prague/Czech Republic and University of Ljubljana/Slovenia. During the 2000s he worked at the University of West Bohemia in Pilsen/Czech Republic as Head of Dept. of Politics (2000-2005) and Dean at the Faculty of Arts (2005-2009). At the moment he is guarantee of study programme Politics and Vice-Rector for academic development at the Metropolitan University Prague/Czech Republic. Since 2012 he serves as President of Central European Political Science. His research interest includes comparative politics of East Central Europe, political anthropology and new regionalism.


Karolina Gawron-Tabor (University of Torun)

Comparative analysis of the activities of the Hungarian Fidesz and the Polish Law and Justice after coming to power

Karolina Gawron-Tabor graduated in Political Science (master’s degree) and Slavic philology (Bachelor) at Nicolaus Copernicus University in Torun (NCU Toruń). She studied at Masaryk University in Brno in the Czech Republic. The title of her doctoral thesis was „Cooperation of the Visegrad Group in the process of European integration”. Her research experience and interests are: Theories of Regional Integration, especially European Integration, International Organizations, Interregionalism. Central Europe, Strategic Partnerships.