Tainted Democracy

Victor Orbán and the Subversion of Hungary
Szelenyi, Zsuzsanna
C Hurst & Co Publishers Ltd, 352 blz., gebonden, 2022, ISBN 9781787388024
The inside story of Hungary's descent into autocracy at the hands of Victor Orbán, told by a former parliamentary ally turned outspoken political opponent.

Hungary, once the poster-child of liberal democracy, is fast becoming an autocracy under Victor Orbán. After winning an absolute majority in 2010, Orbán launched a series of 'reforms', fundamentally undermining the country's twenty-year, post-Cold War liberal consensus. For supporters and foes alike, the rise and rise of Hungary's prime minister is a vivid example of how democracy can be subverted from within.

Zsuzsanna Szelenyi, a leading member of Orbán's Fidesz in its early years, has witnessed first-hand the party's shift from liberalism to populist nationalism. Offering an insider's account of Fidesz's evolution since its creation, she explains how the party rose to leadership of the country under Orbán and made sweeping legal, political and economic changes to solidify its grip on power-from reining in the public media to slashing the number of parliamentary seats. She answers a key question: why has Orbán been so successful, winning widespread support within Hungary and wielding considerable influence in European politics? And how can Hungary's opposition party Together, which she co-founded in 2012, work to turn the country around?
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