Emergency Powers in a Hybrid Regime: The Case of Hungary

Csaba Győry & Nyasha Weinberg (2020) Emergency powers in a hybrid regime: the case of Hungary, The Theory and Practice of Legislation, 8:3, 329-353

Posted: 22 Mar 2021

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Csaba Györy

Institute of Legal Studies, Centre for Social Sciences, Hungarian Academy of Sciences; Eötvös Loránd University - Faculty of Law

Nyasha Weinberg

Independent

Date Written: April 21, 2020

Abstract

How should we understand the Hungarian government’s activities since the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis? This article reviews Hungary’s emergency law, and the decrees passed under the emergency authorisation to date, as well as the ending of the state of emergency and the subsequently introduced new statutory emergency regime to ask how Hungary’s actions in recent months should be understood. As the paper demonstrates, bringing in insights from political theory to inform constitutional law approaches to legislative practice can help shed some light on the enigma of Hungary’s apparent legislative ‘restraint’.

Keywords: State of exception, hybrid regime, emergency authorisation, abuse of emergency powers‌

Suggested Citation

Györy, Csaba and Weinberg, Nyasha, Emergency Powers in a Hybrid Regime: The Case of Hungary (April 21, 2020). Csaba Győry & Nyasha Weinberg (2020) Emergency powers in a hybrid regime: the case of Hungary, The Theory and Practice of Legislation, 8:3, 329-353, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3809304

Csaba Györy (Contact Author)

Institute of Legal Studies, Centre for Social Sciences, Hungarian Academy of Sciences

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Budapest, 1097
Hungary

Eötvös Loránd University - Faculty of Law ( email )

Budapest
Hungary

Nyasha Weinberg

Independent ( email )

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