An Illiberal Constitutional System in the Middle of Europe
in European Yearbook of Human Rights 2014
18 Pages Posted: 16 Mar 2015
Date Written: March 13, 2015
Although the change of the liberal democratic political and constitutional system in Hungary to an illiberal one shows a lot of unique national characteristics, this kind of deviation can happen in other liberal democracies as well. And even though the external challenges, especially from the side of the Council of Europe and the European Union can be instrumental to enforce the compliance of a member state with joint European values, the reestablishment of the liberal democracy in Hungary can only be a consequence of actions taken by internal actors both on the institutional and the behavioral level. This means, in the first instance Hungary needs a constitution-making majority, supported by the Hungarian people willing and able to protect the values of liberal constitutional democracy.
Keywords: Rule of law, transition, fundamental rights, constitution, constitution-making, democracy
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