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Hungary Country Report


Dezso, Márta; Bragyova, Andras (2000). Hungary Country Report. c2d Working Papers Series 7, Centre for Democracy Studies Aarau (ZDA) at the University of Zurich.

Abstract

Direct democracy has a relatively weak tradition in Hungary. Although the socialist constitution (Law No. XX of 1949, modified several times, especially in 1972) in force in 1989 provided laconically of the possibility of a „national referendum” (Art. 30 para 1 point d) there was no law to implement the constitutional provision, and still less the political will to organize a referendum in the constitutional system as it existed in 1988. In 1988 however, as a part of the gradual erosion of the legitimacy of the existing socialist system, demands were voiced advocating a referendum on various topics, especially on the still sharply debated question of the joint (then) Czechoslovakian–Hungarian joint project to build a water power plant in the Danube bend.

Abstract

Direct democracy has a relatively weak tradition in Hungary. Although the socialist constitution (Law No. XX of 1949, modified several times, especially in 1972) in force in 1989 provided laconically of the possibility of a „national referendum” (Art. 30 para 1 point d) there was no law to implement the constitutional provision, and still less the political will to organize a referendum in the constitutional system as it existed in 1988. In 1988 however, as a part of the gradual erosion of the legitimacy of the existing socialist system, demands were voiced advocating a referendum on various topics, especially on the still sharply debated question of the joint (then) Czechoslovakian–Hungarian joint project to build a water power plant in the Danube bend.

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Item Type:Working Paper
Communities & Collections:Working Paper Series > C2D Working Paper Series
Dewey Decimal Classification:320 Political science
340 Law
900 History
Language:English
Date:2000
Deposited On:09 May 2014 13:11
Last Modified:08 Dec 2017 05:39
Series Name:c2d Working Papers Series
Number of Pages:37
ISSN:1662-8152 (E)

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