Viktor Orbán’s majority can’t be a blank check

Scholars often point to a core assumption of contemporary populism—a unitary and homogeneous conception of the “people.” This premise allows populist leaders to conflate their popular support with unanimity, as though the plurality or majority they enjoy were equivalent to Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s equally fictional “general will.” Viktor Orbán’s inauguration in Hungary casts this mystification in … Continue reading Viktor Orbán’s majority can’t be a blank check