Departmental Bulletin Paper The Rule of Law in Hungary: Its Perceptions and Treatment by the Political Elites (1990―2010)

SZANISZLAI, Peter

46 ( 9 )  , pp.1 - 18 , 2016-02 , 名古屋大学大学院国際開発研究科
ISSN:2189-9126
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This paper assesses the perceptions and treatment of the rule of law by the Hungarian political elites between 1990 and 2010. An analysis based on the National Assembly records found that members of the parliament mostly regard the rule of law as a limitation on the government and the governing majority. Based on this perception, this paper examines how the governing parties treated the two main limitations: the qualified (two-third) majority requirements for passing legislation and the Constitutional Court. Declining compliance can be pointed out in connection with both institutions. This may be due to the fact that with passing time, the institutions embodying the rule of law seem to be losing their legitimacy in Hungary. This tendency has culminated in the post-2010 government, which has been accused of having authoritarian tendencies.
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