Discussion on contemporary Hungarian politics, Thursday 8 March 2012

Centre for the Study of Central Europe, UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies

Thursday 8 March 2012, 6-8 pm, Room 431, 16 Taviton Street

 Informal discussion on contemporary Hungarian politics

Since Fidesz won the general elections in 2010 and proclaimed a ‘revolution of the voting booths’, the Hungarian government and its far-reaching reforms have attracted a great deal of critical attention, both domestic and international.

This informal discussion for students and staff at SSEES addresses the recent constitutional, electoral and media reforms, and the controversies surrounding them, and asks the following:

How might historical precedents help us understand the ‘revolution of the voting booths’?

How has constitutional reform been framed in the light of ‘unfinished business’ from 1989?

How is political polarisation reflected in the Hungarian media landscape?

Given the increasing frequency of mass demonstrations, what are the opportunities for building consensus?

Please confirm your interest in attending this event by writing to e.tarsoly[at]ssees.ucl.ac.uk or hungarian.studies[at]gmail.com

Speakers: Dr Tom Lorman, UCL-SSEES, Prof. Martyn Rady, UCL-SSEES, Vali Tóth, Hungarian Radio correspondent

Chair: Dr Gwen Jones

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