The European Union's authoritarian equilibrium

  title={The European Union's authoritarian equilibrium},
  author={R. Daniel Kelemen},
  journal={Journal of European Public Policy},
  pages={481 - 499}
  • R. Kelemen
  • Published 2020
  • Journal of European Public Policy
ABSTRACT While the European Union (EU) professes a commitment to liberal democracy, in recent years it has allowed some member governments to backslide toward competitive authoritarianism. The EU has become trapped in an ‘authoritarian equilibrium’ underpinned by three factors. First, the EU's half-baked system of party politics and its ingrained reluctance to interfere in the domestic politics of its member states help shield national autocrats from EU intervention. Second, funding and… Expand
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