Ideological discourse and the erosion of inclusive constitutional culture

The paper reflects upon the exclusivist concept of traditional values and the discourse on gender and LGBT maintained by authoritarian governments and political parties in power, notably in two Central and Eastern European states: Poland and Hungary. Their action undermines already established constitutional rights and wages war on the plurality of world views and competing conceptions of ’common good’. Such dismantling of ideological pluralism constitutes one of the manifestations of a broader tendency of democratic backsliding. The article argues that the right-wing populist backlash is based itself on dangerous authoritarian ”ideologies” that may constitute a great cause for concern not only locally. The ambition of European populist regimes to mobilize and consolidate power at the European Union level threatens to become contagious and to block, if not to erode the progress already achieved by inclusive constitutional culture in Europe.