Post-Communist Mafia State: The Case of Hungary
Central European University Press, 1 mar. 2016 - 336 pagini
Having won a two-third majority in Parliament at the 2010 elections, the Hungarian political party Fidesz removed many of the institutional obstacles of exerting power. Just like the party, the state itself was placed under the control of a single individual, who since then has applied the techniques used within his party to enforce submission and obedience onto society as a whole. In a new approach the author characterizes the system as the ?organized over-world?, the ?state employing mafia methods? and the ?adopted political family', applying these categories not as metaphors but elements of a coherent conceptual framework.
The actions of the post-communist mafia state model are closely aligned with the interests of power and wealth concentrated in the hands of a small group of insiders. While the traditional mafia channeled wealth and economic players into its spheres of influence by means of direct coercion, the mafia state does the same by means of parliamentary legislation, legal prosecution, tax authority, police forces and secret service. The innovative conceptual framework of the book is important and timely not only for Hungary, but also for other post-communist countries subjected to autocratic rules.
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Administration through confidants and personal governors of the adopted political family instead of a professional bureaucratic administration . ... Max Weber on the historical path to modern professional bureaucratic administration .
... a narrowing of the circle of those to be corrupted and an end to its mass aspect, as well as its basically becoming linked to the participants of the public administration and the broadly considered political class; • secondly, ...
It is not an outside force that seizes hold over the local authorities, but the public administrative office itself that acts like the mafia through the tools of public administration and enforcement at its disposal.
... the mixed messages sent by conflicting government initiatives and programs; the stuttering and discontinued reforms of the major distributive systems (health care, education, pension and welfare, public administration, etc.); ...
Their aversion to reforms was not merely based on a lack of creativity, but also the fact that the Hungarian Socialist Party remained basically the party of public servants, the people in the administration, education and social welfare ...
Ce spun oamenii - Scrie o recenzie
from the functional disorders of democracy to a critique of the system
4 Definition of the postcommunist mafia state
a subtype of autocratic regimes
6 The legitimacy deficit faced by the mafia state and the means to overcome it
the ideological arsenal
8 The Criminal State
9 Pyramid schemesthe limits of the mafia state
List of accompanying studies
Index of Names