Hollowing out democracy: Hungary and beyond


Following the revolutions of 1989 that brought down communism in Central Europe, it appeared that the region was on the path to the consolidation of liberal democracy. This optimism, however, may have been too hopeful, as a number of governments in Central Europe have taken a turn toward illiberal democracy in recent years.

In his new book, Post-Communist Mafia State, Dr. Bálint Magyar explores how, in Hungary, the ruling Fidesz party has removed key institutional checks on power and has rigged the system to ensure a favored few receive the most rewards. Please join us as Dr. Magyar discusses how democracy is being hollowed out in Hungary and the region. Arch Puddington will provide comments.


Bálint Magyar, Financial Research Institute, Hungary, Former Minister, Hungarian Government

with comments by

Arch Puddington, Freedom House 

moderated by

Rodger Potocki, National Endowment for Democracy

to celebrate the publication of

Post-Communist Mafia State: The Case of Hungarywritten by Bálint Magyar and published by Central European University Press

March 01, 2016
04:00 pm – 05:30 pm

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