Disabling the constitution

Miklós Bánkuti, Gábor Halmai, Kim Lane Scheppele

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Abstract

Hungary's 2010 election brought to power a Fidesz parliamentary supermajority led by Prime Minister Viktor Orban. In just two years, they have fundamentally changed the constitutional order of Hungary. The current government now has very few checks on its own power, but the new constitutional order permits the governing party to lodge its loyalists in crucial long-term positions with veto power over what future governments might do. As a result, the Fidesz government has achieved a remarkable constitutional feat: giving themselves maximum room for maneuver while simultaneously entrenching their power, their policies and their people for the foreseeable future.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)138-146
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Democracy
Volume23
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Sociology and Political Science

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