Politics and Society in Post-Communist Hungary

Arrested Transformation

By Terry Cox, Sandor Gallai

© 2016 – Routledge

256 pages

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Hardback: 9780415531474
pub: 2016-07-31

About the Book

In the late 1980s and early 1990s Hungary was widely seen as one of the leaders of the ‘transition’ to a capitalist market economy and a liberal democracy, with the reform process begun while the communists were still in power. However, from this starting point, Hungary has since experienced growing social and political polarisation, problems of ineffective governance, failed or limited attempts at social reform, and widespread popular distrust of its political class. This book presents a comprehensive overview and analysis of Hungarian politics and society in the period of post-Communist transformation. Based on extensive original research including interviews with key participants, the book discusses how ad hoc governance arrangements made as Communism collapsed have become permanent, to the disadvantage of the political system, how economic stagnation has exacerbated political polarisation, and it focuses on several key areas of social reform showing how the flawed political process has frustrated the attempts at reform. It concludes with an assessment of the likely impact of all of this on Hungarian politics going forward.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1. The complex character of the Hungarian transformation process 2. The post-transition political system 3. Economic and Social Reform in the making of the new system 4. Policy Making and the Privatisation of Telecommunications 5. Policy Making and Pension Reform 6. Policy Making and Healthcare Reform 7. Policy Making and Labour Policy 8. Arrested transformation and its consequences for Hungarian Politics

About the Authors

Terry Cox is Professor of Central and East Asian Studies at the University of Glasgow, UK.

Sandor Gillai is an Associate Professor at the Corvinus University, Budapest and Director-General of the Budapest Institute for Public Policy Research.

About the Series

Routledge Contemporary Russia and Eastern Europe Series

The aim of this series is to publish original, high-quality work by both new and established scholars on all aspects of Russian and East European Studies.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General