S04E05: Assess­ing the 2022 Hun­gar­i­an Par­lia­ment Elections

This episode pro­vides insight into why Hungary’s Vik­tor Orban was reelect­ed to a con­sec­u­tive fourth term with anoth­er par­lia­men­tary super­ma­jor­i­ty. Dis­cussed is the role of the unlev­el play­ing field in the lead­up to the elec­tions in terms of elec­toral laws and media dom­i­na­tion, as well as how the war in Ukraine ben­e­fit­ted the gov­ern­ment. The episode clos­es with some thoughts on what Orban’s reelec­tion could mean for the Euro­pean Union.

Guests fea­tured in this Episode

Gábor Tóka, Senior Research Fel­low in the Vera and Don­ald Blinken Open Soci­ety Archives in Budapest.  A soci­ol­o­gist by train­ing, he has pub­lished more than 60 arti­cles on elec­toral behav­iour, pub­lic opin­ion, polit­i­cal par­ties and demo­c­ra­t­ic con­sol­i­da­tion in edit­ed vol­umes, polit­i­cal sci­ence and soci­ol­o­gy jour­nals. He is also the author of Post-Com­mu­nist Par­ty Sys­tems: Com­pe­ti­tion, Rep­re­sen­ta­tion, and Inter-Par­ty Coop­er­a­tion (Cam­bridge Uni­ver­si­ty Press, 1999), and has co-edit­ed The Euro­peaniza­tion of Nation­al Poli­ties (Oxford Uni­ver­si­ty Press, 2012).


Shalini Randeria

Shalini Randeria is Rector and President of the Central European University (Vienna/Budapest). Before, she was Professor of Social Anthropology and Sociology at the Graduate Institute Geneva, and Rector of the Institute of Human Sciences (IWM) in Vienna from 2014 to 2021. She has published widely on the anthropology of globalisation, law, the state and social movements. Her empirical research on India also addresses issues of post-coloniality and multiple modernities.