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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... dictatorships, Fidesz got more than 95% of the vote in this group. Without it, Orbán would have lost his two-thirds parliamentary majority and, with it, his ability to change the constitution at will. Magyar argues that the point of ...
... at the turn of 1989–1990 the formula seemed clear: a step was taken from one-party dictatorship with a state monopoly of property into a multi-party parliamentary democracy based on private ownership of 1. The system we live under.
... dictatorships, quasi or real, or even a softer version of the communist regimes. Yet these historical analogies are ... dictatorship that went hand-in-hand with a monopoly on state owned property. The words mafia state are definitive of ...
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