Hungary: Between Democracy and Authoritarianism

Hardcover | May 15, 2012

byPaul Lendvai

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How has Hungary, a country once in the vanguard of political and economic reform under Communism, become a chilling example of the new threats confronting democracy in Central Europe? The return of Hungary's demons of the past - nationalism, ethnic hatred, deeply-rooted corruption andauthoritarian tendencies - has engendered international concern. Since winning a two-thirds majority in parliament in the spring of 2010, the dynamic right-wing populist Prime Minister Viktor Orban has embarked on a sweeping and ruthless concentration of power and has sought to reshape the state inhis own image.A new constitution and a sweeping series of laws and decrees - radical changes in the judicial and electoral system and the dismantling of constitutional safeguards ensuring the autonomy of the executive branch and the freedom of the media - seem destined to ensure a long-term hegemony of the farright. Meanwhile a campaign of vituperative nationalist rhetoric and the granting of voting rights to 2.5 million ethnic Hungarians living in neighbouring countries are bound to increase tensions in this volatile corner of Europe.Lendvai offers readers an unsparing and dispassionate account, based on his intimate personal knowledge of Hungary's major political figures and its political culture, of the turbulent events since the collapse of the Communist regime which affect not only Hungary, but also the political andeconomic stability of the Danube basin.

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How has Hungary, a country once in the vanguard of political and economic reform under Communism, become a chilling example of the new threats confronting democracy in Central Europe? The return of Hungary's demons of the past - nationalism, ethnic hatred, deeply-rooted corruption andauthoritarian tendencies - has engendered internatio...

Paul Lendvai is a Hungarian-born Austrian journalist who worked as a correspondent for the Financial Times for more than two decades. His prize-winning memoir, Blacklisted: A Journalist's Life in Central Europe, boldly takes stock of the ethnic hatred, political turbulence, and murderous anti-Semitism of twentieth-century Central Euro...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 5.91 × 8.58 × 1.1 inPublished:May 15, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199327734

ISBN - 13:9780199327737

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