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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From the close college fraternity to the adopted political family, an alternative rebel turned godfather ............... 40 2.7.2. Socialisterosion, liberal vaporization and Fidesz's accomplishment of social embeddedness .
The political family's expropriation of databases ensuring democratic control . ... Administration through confidants and personal governors of the adopted political family instead of a professional bureaucratic administration .
The capture of the government by the adopted political family—the takeover of state by mafia—is not a routine political rotation of power. It is the rotation of political power designed to eliminate the further rotation of political ...
difference in the case of Hungary is merely in the path of political evolution taken since the regime change. ... of political power concentration and the growth of fortunes in the hands of the adopted political family by means of mafia ...
businesses renting the premises with their clients, members of their own adopted political family. After a few days of renting the premises the new individuals with the rental status can become the owners at a discount price.
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