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About Anton Pelinka

Anton Pelinka is a professor of political science and nationalism studies at the Central European University. His books include Politics of the Lesser Evil: Leadership, Democracy, and Jaruzelski's Poland (Transaction, 1999); (co-ed, with Ruth Wodak) The Haider Phenomenon in Austria (Transaction, 2002); and Democracy Indian Style: Subhas Chandra Bose and the Creation of India's Political Culture (Transaction, 2003)

Articles by Anton Pelinka

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Constitutional conventions: best practice

From Pan-Germanism to new populism in Austria

When it comes to European exclusionary politics, the Austrian case is a puzzling story of a historically rooted right-wing extremism which managed to overcome the outdating of its main ideological component – thanks to anti-immigration xenophobia.

Hungary: democracy through twilight

The sweeping reform programme of Viktor Orbán's Hungarian government is provoking alarm among its domestic critics and European partners alike. But its economic policies as well as its political ambitions deserve to be put under the microscope, says Anton Pelinka.

Austria after Hans Dichand

The death of a powerful media patriarch is also the end of an era in Austrian politics. After Hans Dichand, the spell of his flagship newspaper may no longer work, says Anton Pelinka.

Hungary’s election, and Viktor Orbán’s choice

The decisive victory of Hungary’s centre-right - and the advance of the extreme right - presents the mercurial Viktor Orbán with a singular test of political character, says Anton Pelinka.

Jörg Haider, the polariser

The core appeal of Austria’s rightwing populist leader is more likely to be transferred than extinguished by his sudden death, says Anton Pelinka.

Austria’s democratic wound

A historic far-right advance in Austria's election presents the polity with a severe democratic test. But the burden falls also on the country itself, says Anton Pelinka.

Austria's sour victory

The real story of Austria's general election is that the country's democracy has been taken hostage by the extreme right. Anton Pelinka, Austria's leading political analyst, explains.
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