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The chapter seeks to address the puzzle of support for populist radical right (PRR) parties in Central European countries. It explains the possible constitutive sources of these parties and then compares the values of their voters with those of the established mainstream parties in the individual countries included in the research (Austria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, and Slovakia). The differences are smaller than we would expect in a number of areas (authoritarianism, anti-immigration attitudes), which allows us to develop a thesis about the “mainstreamization” of populist radical right values in the region.

In: Behind the Illiberal Turn: Values in Central Europe
“We have to abandon liberal methods and principles of organizing a society. The new state that we are building is an illiberal state, a non-liberal state”, Hungarian Prime Minister Victor Orban famously said in 2014, exemplifying a broader trend taking place in Central Europe. Why would the countries that were praised as democratization and Europeanization success stories take an illiberal turn? This volume explores changing values and attitudes to explain events that took place in the aftermath of the financial and migration crisis in six Central European countries: Croatia, Czechia, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia.