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Comparing Orbánism and Gaullism: the Gaullist physiognomy of Orbán's post-2010 Hungary

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Soós, Eszter Petronella

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Abstract The right wing Hungarian governing party (Fidesz - Alliance of Young Democrats), often refers to France and French Gaullism as a political inspiration. This paper asserts that, despite some limitations, Gaullism is a viable analogy for better understanding the nature of Orbánism. The article identifies the major characteristics of Gaullism and Orbánism in order to systematically compare them by addressing the topics of: national grandeur and the importance of foreign policy; anti-liberalism, populism and etatism; antiparliamentarism; charismatic leadership and direct democracy; legality and legitimacy; the creation of a new constitution and the movement's approach to history. The concluding remarks discuss the limits of the analogy and make suggestions for further analyses.
Keywords France; Hungary; Gaullism; comparison
Classification Basic Research, General Concepts and History of Political Science
Document language English
Publication Year 2015
Page/Pages p. 91-108
Journal Studia Politica : Romanian Political Science Review, 15 (2015) 1
ISSN 1582-4551
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works