This is a special episode that features a discussion and review of two books about contemporary Hungarian politics. In the first half, we tackle veteran journalist Paul Lendvai’s new book about Viktor Orbán, while in the second half, we discuss the system that Orbán has built up since 2010 with András Lászlo Pap, a constitutional scholar and research chair at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.
History minute: The agent-structure problem in democratic backsliding
Orbán: Europe’s New Strongman, Paul Lendvai, Hurst Publishers, 2017
Democratic Decline in Hungary: Law and Society in an Illiberal Democracy, András L. Pap, Routledge, 2017