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Hungary's crisis of democracy : the road to serfdom

Author: Peter Wilkin
Publisher: Lanham, Maryland : Lexington Books, [2016]
Edition/Format:   Print book : Document   Computer File : EnglishView all editions and formats
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To make sense of this the author draws upon two traditions of thought, world systems-analysis, which situates Hungary in the context of its incorporation in the modern capitalist world-system after the fall of communism; and anarchist social thought which provides a unique way of seeing the actions of states and political elites. In so doing the book argues that the events unfolding in Hungary cannot be explained on  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Wilkin, Peter, 1963-
Hungary's crisis of democracy.
Lanham, Maryland : Lexington Books, 2016
(DLC) 2016031291
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Computer File, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Peter Wilkin
ISBN: 9780739187913 0739187910
OCLC Number: 952943099
Description: xxv, 223 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Hungary in the modern world-system --
Hungary, communism and the democratic transition --
The evolution of Fidesz : from neo-liberals to conservative nationalists --
Social movement protest 1 : the challenge of Jobbik --
Digital governance and media wars : the battle for Hungary's media --
Social movement protest 2 : Milla and virtual politics --
The European Union, NATO and the Hungarian crisis --
Conclusion : the road to serfdom revisited.
Responsibility: Peter Wilkin.

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To make sense of this the author draws upon two traditions of thought, world systems-analysis, which situates Hungary in the context of its incorporation in the modern capitalist world-system after the fall of communism; and anarchist social thought which provides a unique way of seeing the actions of states and political elites. In so doing the book argues that the events unfolding in Hungary cannot be explained on the basis of Hungarian exceptionalism but must be situated in the broader political and economic context that has shaped the development of Hungary since 1990. The form of capitalism introduced in Hungary and across the region of East and Central Europe has systematically undermined the strong state and social security that had existed under communism, and when added to the failure of the left and liberals in the region it has paved the way for far-right and neo-fascist political movements to emerge claiming the mantle of defenders of society from the market. This represents a fundamental threat to the enlightenment traditions that have shaped dominant modern political ideologies and raises profound problems for both the EU and NATO. -- Amazon.com.

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This book explains Hungary's current democratic crisis by situating it within the semi-periphery of the modern world system, arguing that the Fidesz party's political dominance involves an attempt to Read more...

 
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