To understand why the imitation of western-style liberal democracy failed post-communist Central Europe, one has to consider the agency of the lead partner, the West. Mimicry is a strategy of colonial power, that stems from the logic of the dominant: it is encouraged on the condition that it fails.
is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Toronto. His current research focuses on populism and the relations between the post-communist members of the European Union and their western neighbours. His latest book White But Not Quite: Central Europe’s Illiberal Revolt was published in 2022.