Cover Osteuropa 12/2011

In Osteuropa 12/2011

Laboratory of Politics
Hungary’s Parties and Their Voters

Zoltán Kiszelly

Deutsche Fassung


Hungary, the former “laboratory of socialism”, has become a “laboratory of democracy”. Some observers fear that achievements such as the rule of law and democracy are up for negotiation. That is an exaggeration. Hungary has a pluralistic political landscape with a diverse electorate, among which Viktor Orbán’s Fidesz still enjoys broad backing. But this support is crumbling. The crucial question is whether Fidesz succeeds in reorganising the economy and modernising Hungary.

(Osteuropa 12/2011, pp. 167–176)