The presentation is based on a book which is open access and can be downloaded for free from the authors’ website, postcommunistregimes.com.
The Anatomy of Post-Communist Regimes (CEU Press, 2020) proposes a systematic renewal of the descriptive vocabulary used for the region’s political, economic, and social phenomena. Focusing on Central Europe, the post-Soviet countries, and China, this study provides concepts and theories to analyze the actors, institutions, and dynamics of post-communist democracies, autocracies, and dictatorships.
Speaker: Bálint Magyar (1952) is a sociologist and a liberal politician. An activist of the anti-communist dissident movement since 1979, he was one of the founding members and leaders of the Hungarian Liberal Party (SZDSZ). Former Member of Parliament (1990–2010), Minister of Education (1996-1998, 2002-2006). Currently, he is a fellow of the CEU Democracy Institute. His previous English-language books include Post-Communist Mafia State: The Case of Hungary (2016).