Final Session: Hungary and Poland: populism or authoritarianism?

Tuesday, 17:00 – 18:45    

Chair: Michal Kubát (Charles University, Prague)


István Hegedűs (Hungarian Europe Society, Budapest)
István Hegedűs (born 1957) is the chair of the Hungarian Europe Society (HES), a Budapest-based NGO. Since the turn of the century, HES has organized numerous conferences and workshops on current international affairs, focusing especially on European Union issues. Hegedűs became politically active at the very beginning of the Hungarian regime change. In 1989 he participated in national roundtable negotiations on the transition to democracy as a delegate of opposition groups. He was a permanent member of the Media Committee during those talks. He received his Ph. D. in sociology at Corvinus University of Budapest in 2004. Since 2011 Hegedűs lives partly in Brussels and partly in Budapest as a freelancer.

Robert Sata (Central European University, Budapest)
Robert Sata is Associate Research Fellow at the Political Science Department, Central European University. He has taught classes on research methods and techniques, comparative politics, political institutions, ethnicity, nationalism and minority rights at CEU; the McDaniel College Budapest Campus; Corvinus University, Budapest; and Babes Bolyai University, Cluj Napoca, Romania. His research interest focuses on accommodating minority rights; politics of identity; value politics; populism and the challenge of diversity; gender; and discrimination. His latest publications include ‘Hijacking Religion for the Sake of the Nation – Illiberal Democracy in Hungary’, in: Anja Hennig and Mirjam Weiberg-Salzmann (eds.) Illiberal Politics and Religion: Actors, Ideologies, and Identity Narratives in Europe; and ‘Families and the transmission of attitudes, values and resources of the young in Hungary’, in Jale Tosun: Cultural Pathways to Economic Self-Sufficiency and Entrepreneurship.

Bartosz Rydliński (Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski University in Warsaw)
Bartosz M. Rydliński holds a doctorate in Political Science from Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski University (CSWU) in Warsaw (2013). He teaches at the Institute of Political Science at CSWU and works as a project manager and expert with the Amicus Europae Foundation of former Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski. He is a member of the Younger Generation Leaders Network (YGLN) on Euro-Atlantic Security and a former EASI-Hurford Next Generation Fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. He was a visiting scholar at Georgetown University’s Center for Eurasian, Russian and East European Studies (CERES) during 2014.

Daniel Hegedűs (German Marshall Fund)
Daniel Hegedüs is a Rethink.CEE Fellow at the German Marshall Fund of the United States. His areas of research include populism, democratic backsliding, and European and foreign affairs of the Visegrad countries. He has studied political science, history, and European law at Eötvös Loránd University Budapest and Humboldt University in Berlin. In the past he has worked in different research, lecturer and project management positions at Freedom House, the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP), the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP), the Institute for Eastern-European Studies at the Free University Berlin, Humboldt University (Berlin), and Eötvös Loránd University (Budapest).