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)

Abstract:
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?