crises and transformations

political and civic responses to crises dynamics

Party replacement and programmatic volatility. From Borbáth 2021.
One area of my research focuses on the transformative role of crises dynamics. In my current research I examine the political and civic responses to the COVID-19 crisis in Europe. The main part of this work is embedded in the SolZiv project.

Previously, as a member of the ERC project POLCON – Political Conflict in Europe in the Shadow of the Great Recession I studied the political responses to the 2008 Great Recession and following Eurozone crisis. I wrote my PhD dissertation in the framework of the POLCON project.


  • Borbáth, E., Hunger, S., Hutter, S., & Oana, I.-E. (2021). Civic and Political Engagement during the Multifaceted COVID-19 Crisis. Swiss Political Science Review, 27(2), 311–324.
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  • Löblová, O., Rone, J., & Borbáth, E. (2021). COVID-19 in Central and Eastern Europe—Focus on Czechia, Hungary, and Bulgaria. In S. L. Greer, E. J. King, E. M. da Fonseca, & A. Peralta-Santos (Eds.), Coronavirus Politics: The Comparative Politics and Policy of COVID-19 (pp. 413–435). University of Michigan Press.
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  • Borbáth, E. (2021). Two faces of party system stability: Programmatic change and party replacement. Party Politics, 27(5), 996–1008.
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  • Borbáth, E. (2019). Romania — Polity contestation and the resilience of mainstream parties. In S. Hutter & H. Kriesi (Eds.), European Party Politics in Times of Crises (pp. 214–235). Cambridge University Press.
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  • Borbáth, E., & Hutter, S. (2020). Are political parties recapturing the streets of Europe? A cross-regional study of party protests in the Great Recession. In H. Kriesi, J. Lorenzini, B. Wüest, & S. Häusermann (Eds.), Contention in times of crises: Recession and political protest in 30 European countries (pp. 251–272). Cambridge University Press.
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  • Borbáth, E. (2018). Parties and protests in crisis-hit Europe: Continuity and change in the structure of political conflict. European University Institute.
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Working papers

  • Borbáth, E., Höltmann G., & Hutter, S. The Mobilizing Capacity of Organized Civil Society during the Pandemic.