S08E08: Zsolt Enye­di on the Crises of Liberalism 

This episode explores the crises of lib­er­al­ism. How do recent con­di­tions of uncer­tain­ty and mul­ti­ple crises play a role in ampli­fy­ing the appeal of illib­er­al ide­olo­gies? And how does illib­er­al­ism dif­fer from author­i­tar­i­an­ism and pop­ulism? Tune in to hear how the defense of lib­er­al­ism requires a con­nec­tion to the every­day con­cerns and griev­ances of citizens.

Guest fea­tured in this episode:

Zsolt Enye­di is a Pro­fes­sor of Polit­i­cal Sci­ence at the Cen­tral Euro­pean Uni­ver­si­ty in Vien­na and also a Senior Researcher at the uni­ver­si­ty’s Democ­ra­cy Insti­tute in Budapest. He has worked on par­ty pol­i­tics, on com­par­a­tive gov­ern­ment, church and state rela­tions, polit­i­cal psy­chol­o­gy, with a par­tic­u­lar focus on polit­i­cal tol­er­ance, prej­u­dices, and author­i­tar­i­an­ism. He was award­ed the Rudolf Wilden­mann Prize in 2003, and the Bibó Award in 2004. Enye­di pub­lished arti­cles in sev­er­al impor­tant aca­d­e­m­ic jour­nals, and his recent book titled “Par­ty Sys­tem Clo­sure” was co-authored with Fer­nan­do Casal Bér­toa, pub­lished by the Oxford Uni­ver­si­ty Press in 2021.


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.