Andras Bozoki

Free and Unfair: The Hungarian Elections

Hungary’s parliamentary elections in April saw a 61% turnout, the lowest since 1998. The high abstention rate was a sign of disaffection with Hungarian politics: four-tenths of the electorate believed it was left without a genuine political choice.
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Broken Democracy, Nationalist Populism, and Predatory State: Hungary before the Elections

In 2010, a new government, led by Viktor Orbán and his Fidesz party, was elected in Hungary. Since coming to power, it has significantly altered the country’s legal, social, and political infrastructure. Due to certain features of the Hungarian electoral system, the 53% Fidesz achieved at the ballot boxes translated into a two-thirds majority in parliament. The governing party was therefore able to push through a new …
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The Hungarian Shock: Transition from Democracy?

With all of its problems, Hungary after 1989 has been a success story, but now the success is challenged in ways that are very much unexpected.  From the happy story of the transition from dictatorship to democracy, there is a looming potential tragedy, a transition from democracy.  In the second part of 2010, we Hungarians …
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Hopes and Illusions: Idealism in Hungarian Politics

In this paper I will confront some political expectations of 1989 with the realities of democratic politics of the past two decades. Naturally, after all revolutions, post-revolutionary decades always represent an era of lost illusions. The often quoted ’return to normalcy’ does not only mean the institutionalization and consolidation of democracy but also the return …
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