The paper argues that some of the current misgivings with constitutional democracy in East-Central Europe are related to the fact that the post-1989 liberal-constitutional project did not find widespread adherence and intractable conflicts with regard to the post-communist societal project have remained crucial political dimensions of many societies. I emphasize that, in this sense, the post-1989 transformations have not ended, and continue to be characterized by enduring contestation over constitutionalism. The paper will start with a brief discussion of pre-1989 legal and constitutional ideas. Second, it will discuss the post-1989 processes of constitution-making. Third, recent illiberal, populist developments will be discussed. A concluding argument is that populist resentment towards post-1989 liberal democratization builds to important extents on culturally rearticulated legacies of non-liberal and conservative understandings of society.
Our next Annual Conference will take place from July 6-9, 2021. It will be held in a completely novel way as a fully online Conference: ICON•S Mundo.
The Call for Papers for ICON•S Mundo is available here. Submissions for papers and panels must be made by May 1, 2021.
Log into your ICON•S account and apply for ICON•S Mundo by submitting your proposal.Apply for ICON•S Mundo