Post-communist Mafia State: The Case of Hungary

March 7, 2016

by Balint Magyar

"Those curious about the Hungarian democratic implosion have an excellent guide in Bálint Magyar. With the theoretical sophistication of an academic analyst but with the hands-on experience of someone who has been an important player in Hungarian politics for the last several decades, The Post-Communist Mafia State is the best analysis yet of the deep reasons why Hungarian constitutional democracy fell apart so fast. It explains what happened in Hungary but it does far more than this: Magyar gives us the tools to understand a new sort of political formation – the post-communist mafia state." -Kim Lane Scheppele, Laurance S. Rockefeller Professor of Sociology and International Affairs, Princeton University