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Balint Magyar and Balint Madlovics on the Polish Elections

“Poland is returning to the path of democracy and could become one of the most influential member states of the European Union. By comparison, Hungary’s prospects look bleak,” our researchers Bálint Magyar and Bálint Madlovics write in their op-ed in Gazeta Wyborcza.

“The process of building an autocratic order has three phases: initialization, autocratic breakthrough, and consolidation. These phases can help us understand the difference between the two countries: Poland under Jarosław Kaczynski was still in the initialization phase of building an autocratic system, while in Hungary a breakthrough has already taken place,” they argue.

Read the full article (in Polish, subscription may be required) here. It was republished in English by our journal, the Review of Democracy. You may read it here.

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