Living dead democracy

Overlapping crises, enforced political passivity, a new political normal: all things that gradually dismantle a democracy. Ferenc Laczó talks the death of democracy in a new episode of Gagarin.

Long standing Eurozine contributor, Ferenc Laczó joins editor-in-chief Réka Kinga Papp to talk about how a democracy can be alive and dead at the same time. With the Hungarian example as backdrop, they describe what democratic disintegration looks like – the early indicators, the pace, and how to identify democratic death threats.

Laczó joined the discussion about how democracies die in the Eurozine focal point ‘The writing on the wall’ with his article ‘How democracies transform, fast and slow’.

Read Ferenc Laczó’s articles in Eurozine, including the debate on the death of democracies discussed in the episode :

This episode is an edited version of a longer conversation, which is available in its entirety only to our Patrons. You can get access to the full episode, and more giveaways by becoming a Patron for as little as €5 a month on Patreon.

Please subscribe to Gagarin on Spotify, Apple podcasts, Castbox, Stitcher, Soundcloud or wherever you get your podcasts, and leave a review so more people can find us. You can also subscribe to our newsletter, so you’ll always know what’s truly worth thinking about.

Published 11 August 2023
Original in English


Subscribe to know what’s worth thinking about.

Related Articles

Cover for: The end of Tunisia’s spring?

Kais Saied’s power grab in Tunisia did not take place in a vacuum. A combination of constitutional dysfunction, a self-serving party system and festering social tensions had left the country at breaking point. Now the man many hailed as a saviour threatens the achievements of the democratic revolution of 2011.

Cover for: Our daily nation

Even though socialist internationalism was the official ideology in communist Hungary, popular media at the time was teaming with nationalist narratives, hidden in plain sight. What does this contradiction explain about today’s politics?


Notice: Trying to get property 'queue' of non-object in /home/eurozine/www/wp-includes/script-loader.php on line 2876

Warning: Invalid argument supplied for foreach() in /home/eurozine/www/wp-includes/script-loader.php on line 2876