Why autocrats love constitutional identity and constitutional pluralism: Lessons from Hungary and Poland

Kelemen, R. Daniel and Pech, Laurent ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1608-1285 (2018) Why autocrats love constitutional identity and constitutional pluralism: Lessons from Hungary and Poland. Working Paper. European Commission, Leuven. .

Abstract

This article explains why autocrats love constitutional pluralism and constitutional identity. Though these concepts were developed by scholars and jurists with the best of intentions in mind, we explain why they are also attractive to and inherently prone to abuse by autocrats. We then describe how the regimes in Hungary and Poland have made use of these concepts in their drive to consolidate autocracy. We conclude that given the dangers inherent in constitutional pluralism and its susceptibility to abuse, it should be replaced with a more traditional understanding of the primacy of EU law.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
Additional Information: RECONNECT Working Paper No 2
Research Areas: A. > School of Law > Law and Politics
Item ID: 28205
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Depositing User: Laurent Pech
Date Deposited: 18 Nov 2019 11:29
Last Modified: 29 Nov 2019 18:17
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/28205

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