Newest Episode of Democracy in Question Podcast Features Gabor Toka

The newest episode of the Democracy in Question podcast, hosted by Central European University (CEU) President and Rector, Shalini Randeria, features Gabor Toka, Senior Research Fellow at the Vera and Donald Blinken Open Society Archives in Budapest.

Toka taught for three decades at the Department of Political Science before retiring two years ago as a Full Professor and was also a professor at the Doctoral School of Political Science, Public Policy and International Relations. His main research interests are democratic institutions and voting behavior, and he co-authored the book, "Post-Communist Party Systems: Competition, Representation, and Inter-Party Cooperation”. 

The latest episode “Assessing the 2022 Hungarian Parliamentary Elections” released on April 27 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.

For each episode of Democracy in Question, Randeria invites a leading scholar or public figure to explore the challenges and dilemmas facing democracies around the world. Listen to the trailer and subscribe here

Series four of Democracy in Question is produced in partnership with the Albert Hirschman Centre on Democracy at the Graduate Institute in Geneva (AHCD) where Randeria is a Senior Fellow. ACHD and the Institute for Human Sciences (IWM) in Vienna co-produced seasons one and two of the podcast.