Cover Osteuropa 3-5/2018

In Osteuropa 3-5/2018

The Orbán system
Anti-pluralism in action

Ellen Bos

Deutsche Fassung


The Orbán government has completely remodelled the political system in Hungary since coming to power in 2010. It has focussed political power on the executive and declared the governing party to be the only legitimate representative of the will of the people. The government has an instrumental understanding of law and constitutional law, and regards its success in the elections as a justification for assuming sweeping powers. It is creating a permanent state of emergency, with elections in particular being held in an atmosphere of alleged threats from domestic and foreign enemies. The worldview and politics of the government are illiberal and anti-pluralist.

(Osteuropa 3-5/2018, pp. 19–32)