Budapest Forum (16-17/09/2021)
On September 16-17, 2021, Budapest Municipality, Political Capital, and CEU Democracy Institute held the inaugural Budapest Forum for Building Sustainable Democracies, intending to establish a new annual event.
Hungarian NGOs contribute to the European Commission’s second Rule of Law Report
New GLOBSEC study finds that the willingness to get vaccinated against the COVID-19 rises with the trust in public authorities
Band aid for rule of law wounds – actionable recommendations for legislative amendments improving the system of checks and balances in Hungary
Nothing is more permanent than a temporary solution - the state of danger will come to an end in Hungary, but its impact remains
Political Capital's Flash Report
Hungarian NGOs’ contribution to European Commission’s first Rule of Law Report
Quarantine podcasts, Bologna Edition – a discussion with Erik Jones on Italian and EU politics
A podcast about the political and economic situation in Italy, policy responses to the corona crisis, the future of the European integration. Guest: Erik Jones
63% of MEPs sitting in the EPP voted against Orbán and Kaczyński
The EP decided on 16 January to advocate for further consultations and measures concerning breaches to the rule of law and stated that in the past period the situation only deteriorated in Hungary and Poland.
Lifting the veil of Fidesz’s invincibility
A summary of the joint study of Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung and Political Capital on the consequences of the most recent elections in Hungary
Rule of Law issues in Hungary
Brief overview - most important milestones of how the country’s illiberal system has been built up in the last 9 years
Anti-Muslim populism in Hungary: From the margins to the mainstream
At the request of the Brookings Institution, Political Capital implemented a research project to understand the evolution of right-wing populism through its relationship to Islam and Muslims
Is the Hungarian society anti-democratic?
The Hungarian results of an international research project on public attitudes to an open society
What do young Central Europeans think about democracy in the media and political space of the 21st century?
National Democratic Institute and Political Capital’s joint study on young people’s commitment to democracy
Beyond populism – tribalism in Poland and Hungary
Political Capital's new report on populism in Poland and Hungary.
Constitutional amendments and Stop Soros: shifting illiberalism into higher gear in Hungary
Read our latest Flash Report
Illiberalism in the V4: Pressure points and bright spots
A comparative study on the democratic backsliding in the Visegrád countries
Political Capital launched a project under the Europe for Citizens Programme
A project for debating euroscepticism in Hungary
The future of Visegrád in the shadow of illiberalism and the EU’s macropolitical environment
A study by Political Capital.
The new relationship of politics and media - the case of Hungary
A study by Political Capital
Potential for civic participation in the Visegrad 4 countries, 2017 & 2018
Cas Mudde: The era of big catch-all parties is over
He truly believes there is no other option to defeat Fidesz than for all other parties to work together, through strategic electoral behavior rather than through an electoral coalition. He also claims that as long as the EU leave criticism to words, Orbán is fine, but he wouldn’t survive sustained E
Fighting back: Liberal Democratic Responses to the Populist Challenge
CEU Center for European Neighborhood Studies, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, Policy Solutions and Political Capital cooperated to organise a public debate on populism, which took place at CEU on June 8, 2017
Thomas Melia: Democracy is in global recession
Viktor Orbán is following Vladimir Putin’s path by trying to dismantle the nascent democratc systems being built in their countries in the wake of the destruction caused by communism and he is trying to isolate Hungary from the community of free states - our interview with Thomas Melia, a former Dep
The state of civil society in the EU and Russia 2016
In 2016, on behalf of the EU-Russia Civil Society Forum Political Capital conducted a research on the state of civil society in Hungary. The report, which was prepared for the first time, covers four EU member states plus Russia.
Populism and Russian influence in Europe
The joint study of the Washington-based American Enterprise Institute and Political Capital examined the driving forces behind European populism and Russian influence exerted on the main political forces.
Populism in Europe and Its Russian Love Affair
Populists are increasingly dominating politics in Europe. This paper provides an overview of the populist landscape in Europe, including its history, its ideological underpinnings on both the political left and right, and the factors that have contributed to its resurgence
7 statements about the referendum
The one and a half year-long political campaign, which has been the most expensive one ever in Hungary, was not enough for a valid referendum. The 40% voter turnout shows that the campaign considerably underperformed the governing party’s expectations, the representatives of which had been talking a
Dismantling direct democracy: Referenda in Hungary
With the anti-quota referendum, one of the gravest dangers of illiberal politics seems to be materialising: the leadership’s reaction is making the tools of direct democracy (besides those of representative democracy) meaningless
Egy illiberális vízió eddigi hatásai a magyar politikai berendezkedésre
Egy illiberális vízió eddigi hatásai a magyar politikai berendezkedésre – tanulmány a jelenlegi magyar politikai berendezkedésről és a gyakran kormányzati/kormányfői vízióként meghatározott „illiberá
The new Hungarian election system’s beneficiaries
The policy paper looks at deficiencies in the election system from the perspective of political interests and wishes to make review recommendations exclusively in cases where a basic election principle is violated or the potential for serious fraud is detected.
Trust within Europe
This study summarizes the findings of Political Capital’s research on the nature and tendencies of political trust.
Votes of the poor - public works and the perils of clean elections
Summary of the study by Átlátszó, K-Monitor, Political Capital and Transparency International Hungary
Fidesz overwrites the rules of the municipal elections
Fidesz rewrites the rules in the middle of the game and is ready to change the local election system to suit its own purposes.
The winner takes it all
Fidesz has implemented the most significant changes in the electoral system since the transition. Below, we summarize the most important changes based on their impact on the electoral results.
New Electoral System in the Home Stretch
An analysis of the effects of the new Hungarian electoral procedure law and the campaign finance law.
Demokratikus Deficitek az Európai Unióban
A Political Capital Institute és a Friedrich Ebert Alapítvány meghívja Önt a Demokratikus Deficitek az Európai Unióban című konferenciájára.
Notes on the current phase of electoral reform in Hungary
With a two-thirds majority in parliament, Hungary’s governing party alliance, Fidesz-KDNP, has created a completely new electoral system.
Party funding and prior registration ahead of the elections
The Fidesz leadership is making further efforts to improve the election prospects of the party.
Halfway into the Hungarian electoral reform
Electoral law already passed, law on procedure is still uncertain - Political Capital Institute analyses the reform process of the Hungarian electoral system and its anticipated consequences.
New election system: nothing is carved in stone
New election system: nothing is carved in stone
New election system in Hungary: under construction
At its July 9 meeting the Fidesz presidency discussed options for a new election system,although no decision has been reached on key issues.
Regime Consolidation: A Missed Opportunity
The new constitution in Hungary is not anti-democratic; however, it does harm to the conditions of Hungary’s medium- and long-term political stability.
Az új választási rendszer kilátásai
A kedvező fejlemények mégsem garantálják, hogy a kormánypártokénál szélesebb egyetértés jegyében születik majd meg az új választási rendszer.
Constitutional Court Curtailed: Good news for fiscal balance, bad for democracy
Hungary’s governing Fidesz party initiated an unprecedented effort October 26 to strip the Constitutional Court – Hungary’s final authority on legislative questions – of a number of powers.
Hungary’s Local Elections: Fidesz Clobbers Opponents
Fidesz, which leads the strongest government since 1990, has reached all of its political goals by extending its power over most municipalities.
A Two-Thirds Majority for Fidesz – Chances, Opportunities and Risks
The opposition Fidesz party is heading into the April election campaign with such a commanding opinion-poll lead that it may gain a two-thirds majority in Parliament.