Cover Osteuropa 3-5/2018

In Osteuropa 3-5/2018

The path to ‘illiberal democracy’
Construction plans from Hungary and Poland

Klaus Bachmann, Dominik Héjj

Deutsche Fassung


In Hungary and Poland, national conservative parties have taken over power and reshaped the political system. They have expanded the power of the executive, restricted the separation of powers and curtailed the freedom of the media. While their rule has been democratically legitimised by elections, they are working towards creating an authoritarian state. In Hungary, the system is handing all power over to the Prime Minister. By contrast, in Poland, there have to date been several power centres within the ruling party.

(Osteuropa 3-5/2018, pp. 127–147)