Seminar "Slouching Toward Authoritarianism? Hungary under Fidesz-Hungarian Civic Alliance Since 2010"
Jason Wittenberg
June 28, 2016 (Tue) 3:30-5:00p.m.
Room 203, Faculty of Law Building #3
Hongo Campus, University of Tokyo
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Speaker: Jason Wittenberg (Department of Political Science, UC Berkeley)

Moderator: Kimitaka Mastuzato (Graduate Schools for Law and Politics, University of Tokyo)

We often associate democratic failure with highly visible violations of democratic norms including military coups, imprisonment or intimidation of the opposition, and major electoral fraud. This lecture examines a different form of potential democratic erosion, in which democratically-elected leaders employ legal but technocratic means to entrench their power. In Hungary's 2010 national parliamentary elections the Fidesz-Hungarian Civic Alliance party captured over two-thirds of the parliamentary seats, giving it super-majority power. Since 2010 Fidesz has used its authority to centralize power in controversial ways. What has Fidesz done and in what ways? Is it endangering democracy?