The Far Right Today: Austria in Comparative Perspective

Public lecture, 12. Juni 2023

The CEU Pro-Rector of External Relations and the Political Science Department invite you to a public lecture:
The Far Right Today: Austria in Comparative Perspective
Speaker: Cas Mudde (University of Georgia)
Moderated by: Carsten Q. Schneider (CEU)

Few countries have such a prominent and longstanding far-right party as Austria, The Austrian Freedom Party (FPÖ) was one of the most prominent far-right parties in the last two decades of the 20th century,  with its leader Jörg Haider as its internationally infamous leader. Today, the party is no longer among the most prominent, and its leader largely unknown abroad, but that is not so much because of its lack of success but rather because of the even bigger success of far-right parties in other countries. In this lecture, Cas Mudde lays out the key arguments of his book “The Far Right Today” (Polity, 2019) and discusses the case of Austria as an early example of the mainstreaming of the far right and the consequences for liberal democracy.

Cas Mudde is a Professor at the University of Georgia (USA), and in the Centre for Research on Extremism at the University of Oslo. He is a leading scholar on populism and the far-right in Europe who has widely published on challenges to liberal democracies, radical right parties, and Euroskepticism. Going beyond identifying the problems, his scholarly interests also include developing 'best practices' about how liberal democracies can defend themselves without undermining their core values. His role as a public intellectual is equally important in shaping discussions on these subjects: his column in the Guardian regularly deals with US and European politics.
Please note that for onsite attendance we can only accept the first 150 registrations.
Online attendees will receive a Zoom webinar link by email.
For the audience on campus the lecture will be followed by a reception.
Please register here.




12.06.2023, 17.45 Uhr



CEU Auditorium, Quellenstrasse 51




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