S07E02: Kim Lane Schep­pele on Destroy­ing Democ­ra­cy by Law

This episode focus­es on com­par­isons of soft author­i­tar­i­an regimes and the phe­nom­e­non of auto­crat­ic legal­ism. How do the uses and abus­es of law play a role in dis­man­tling lib­er­al democ­ra­cy from with­in and cement­ing author­i­tar­i­an rule? Lis­ten to hear how coun­tries includ­ing Turkey, Hun­gary and the Unit­ed States are using legal means to illib­er­al ends, and how resis­tance could be organized.

Guest fea­tured in this episode: 

Kim Lane Schep­pele was the found­ing co-direc­tor of the gen­der stud­ies pro­gram at the Cen­tral Euro­pean Uni­ver­si­ty. In 2014, she received the Kal­ven Prize from the Law and Soci­ety Asso­ci­a­tion for Schol­ar­ship, that has had an impor­tant influ­ence on the devel­op­ment of social legal stud­ies. In 2016, she was elect­ed to the Amer­i­can Acad­e­my of Arts and Sci­ences. Cur­rent­ly she is work­ing on two books. Her book, “Destroy­ing Democ­ra­cy by Law,” exam­ines how a new gen­er­a­tion of auto­crats around the world is con­sol­i­dat­ing pow­er using the law, or, abus­ing the law. The oth­er book, titled “Hun­gary’s Con­sti­tu­tion­al Trans­for­ma­tion: From Com­mu­nism through Lib­er­al­ism to Autoc­ra­cy,”, com­pares the 1989 con­sti­tu­tion­al rev­o­lu­tion in Hun­gary with the new con­sti­tu­tion­al order that replaced it in 2011/2012. 


Shalini Randeria

Shalini Randeria is Rector and President of the Central European University (Vienna/Budapest). Before, she was Professor of Social Anthropology and Sociology at the Graduate Institute Geneva, and Rector of the Institute of Human Sciences (IWM) in Vienna from 2014 to 2021. She has published widely on the anthropology of globalisation, law, the state and social movements. Her empirical research on India also addresses issues of post-coloniality and multiple modernities.