Mueller publishes new book on how the EU should protect democracy in its member states

Feb. 25, 2013

Jan-Werner Mueller, a professor in the Politics Department and Center for Human Values, has just published a short book on the controversial question of whether the European Union is legitimated to intervene in its own member states to protect liberal democracy.  Mueller's volume offers a case study of Hungary, where a right-wing populist government has been undermining the rule of law since 2010, before advancing a range of arguments drawn from democratic theory as to why Brussels can legitimately act as a guardian of liberal democracy.  The book's German-language webiste can be found at  Some of its core claims are also contained in Mueller's recent paper for the Transatlantic Academy, "Safeguarding Democracy inside the EU: Brussels and the Future of Liberal Order," available at