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1st Edition

The Politics of Populism in Hungary

ISBN 9780367476861
Published September 24, 2021 by Routledge
242 Pages 23 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The book assesses the development of the Orbán regime in Hungary after 2010 through analyzing the polity-politics-policy impacts from a perspective of populism as an ideology focusing on discourse and actual decisions.

By closely scrutinizing political narratives, actual decisions and survey data, this volume offers a systematic analysis of the impact of populism on the polity-politics-policy aspects of the political in Hungary after 2010. It analyzes the uses of constitutionalism and discriminatory legalism, the changes in the quality of democracy, the government’s relationship with media and journalism, its influence over the party system and EU politics, and its approach to family and cultural policies. While each chapter in the volume describes the findings in response to the corresponding literature highlighting the added value of the individual analyses, the book interprets the overall results under the notion of "smart populism" where the moral definition of "the people" allows for little political opposition, "the elite" is selected based on its multifaceted applicability for a political narrative and "the will of the people" is determined from above. The volume also suggests responses to "smart populism".

The book will be of particular interest to students and scholars of democracy, party politics the rise of populism and contemporary Hungarian politics.

Table of Contents


Part I Polity Impact

Chapter 1– Populist constitutionalism in Hungary after 2010

Chapter 2 – Discriminatory legalism in Hungary after 2010

Chapter 3 – Populism and (liberal) democracy in Hungary after 2010

Part II Politics Impact

Chapter 4 – Populism, media and journalism in Hungary after 2010

Chapter 5 – Populism and party politics in Hungary after 2010

Chapter 6 – Eurosceptic populism in Hungary after 2010

Part III Policy Impact

Chapter 7 – Family policy and populism in Hungary after 2010

Chapter 8 – Cultural policy and populism in Hungary after 2010


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Robert Csehi is a political scientist researching and teaching at the Bavarian School of Public Policy.