Im Interesse der Macht: Ungarns neues Wahlsystem
Renwick, A. (2012) Im Interesse der Macht: Ungarns neues Wahlsystem. Osteuropa, 62 (5). pp. 3-17. ISSN 0030-6428 (http://firstsearch.oclc.org/WebZ/FSPage?pagetype=return_frameset:sessionid=fsapp2-60782-h5p1ku4z-jtmnxy:entitypagenum=4:0:entityframedurl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.osteuropa.dgo-online.org%2F:entityframedtitle=WorldCat:entityframedtimeout=30:entityopenTitle=:entit)
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Until December 2011, Hungary had the most stable electoral system in Eastern Europe: except for an increase in the electoral threshold in 1994, no significant change had taken place since the transition from communism in 1989. On 23rd December 2011, however, Parliament passed a wholly new electoral law, which will first be used in the elections due in 2014. The purposes of this article are twofold. The first is to outline the change of electoral system that took place. The previous electoral law was, famously, one of the most complex in the world. The new law is somewhat simpler, but nevertheless retains many of the old law’s features. The second purpose is to analyse the origins and implications of the new law. Did it simply reflect the interests of those in power or did it also respond to public concerns? Can it be expected to enhance or detract from the quality of Hungarian democracy?