“Thinking through Hungary” brings together scholars who are concerned about recent developments in Hungary. Some members of the group are researching current domestic politics in Hungary; others focus on Hungary’s various pasts. Some are interested in the EU and the challenges that Hungary poses to its continued operation as a constitutional community while others work on post-communism and its legacies in Europe. Still others work on the constitutional politics of quasi-authoritarian states more generally.
The collapse of a robust constitutional democracy in Hungary provides much food for thought about the vulnerabilities of democratic governance and the ways that those committed to constitutionalism, democracy and the rule of law can challenge backsliding states.
Zsolt Enyedi, visiting from Central European University in Budapest, will speak on the current Hungarian party system and its relationship to the fate of democracy in Hungary.
Kim Lane Scheppele will present some of her new work on medieval and modern interpretations of the Holy Crown of St. Stephen, which is often called by conservative Hungarians the “true constitution” of the country.
By invitation only. For details contact Kim Lane Scheppele, firstname.lastname@example.org.