Recurring Ideas: Searching for the Roots of Right-Wing Populism in Eastern Europe

Dorota Szelewa*

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The main sets of ideas that dominated discourses on market-making and democratization in Eastern Europe during the 1990s concerned: first, the superiority of market-led mechanisms of exchange and distribution with individual responsibility and entrepreneurship; and second, the conservative gender order, with women disappearing from the public domain, now being responsible for domestic sphere and the biological reproduction of the nation. Suppressed when these countries were on the path for joining the European Union, the ideas have been now recurring in a new form, representing the basis for the right-wing populist turn in several of the post-communist countries.
Original languageEnglish
JournalEuropean Journal of Cultural Studies
Issue number6
Pages (from-to)989-997
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2020
Externally publishedYes


  • Cultural populism
  • Eastern Europe
  • Gender
  • Right-wing populism
  • Transformation

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