Aron Buzogány – Szabina Kerényi – Gergely Olt (2022) Back to the grassroots? The shrinking space of environmental activism in illiberal Hungary. Environmental Politics https://doi.org/10.1080/09644016.2022.2113607 (Q1, IF: 5.147)
This article illustrates the post-euphoric development of the environmental movement in the period since 2010 that was marked by democratic backsliding and the consolidation of ‘illiberalism’ in Hungary. Embedded from a historical perspective that spans the last three decades, we present two case studies of urban environmental mobilisation and identify ‘localization’, the reorientation towards grassroot activism, as a new trend driven by the closure of political opportunity structures. Localization combines with the alienation of protesters from institutional channels of influence-seeking and the weakening of ties with potential political allies, such as political parties or professionalised NGOs, and the increase of mistrust between the different actors.