The Dangers of Allegories

Brave New Hungary Reviewed

11 November 2020

The recently published volume Brave New Hungary fills a gaping hole in the English-language scholarship on Hungary and its contributors have a clear grasp of certain key issues in contemporary Hungary. However, in crucial points, the essays fail to rise beyond lazy shortcuts that plague international discourse about the Orbán regime.

It has been over 10 years, since Fidesz-KDNP scored a landslide victory in the parliamentary election of 2010, winning a two-thirds supermajority and they have not looked back ever since, winning every single major election for a decade.

It is easy to get caught up in the day-to-day stories about the various controversies surrounding the Hungarian government, however, it cannot be denied that Viktor Orbán and his “System of National Cooperation” (SNC) has transformed the country in ways that merit careful, meticulous and methodologically sound scholarly work.

After 10 years in power, the popularity of Fidesz-KDNP does not seem to dwindle and looking at polls one sometimes wonders, if they even play in the same league as the other political parties.

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Károly Gergely

Hungarian freelance journalist at Magyar Hang and a reporter for The International Cybersecurity Dialogue. He completed a Russian and East European Studies master's at the University of Oxford and currently serves as a researcher and analyst.

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