Political Parties & Representation

State capture in the Balkans: l’état c’est nous!

State capture by well-connected politicians and their recklessly proceeding patronage networks has been far reaching in the Balkans. How could citizens deal with very diffuse networks, if there are no intact correctives, no free, no independent justice?

By Marion Kraske

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Dossiers

Dossier: Focus on Hungary

Our dossier on Hungary is as a forum for critical voices since the right-wing government came to power in April 2010. The contributions reflect the socio-political changes as well as long-term developments.

Dossier: Elections in Myanmar

On 8 November 2015, a new Parliament will be elected after decades of military rule in Myanmar. The elections will decide how the reform process of the past five years will be continued. This dossier will accompany the next months until a new government is formed by offering policy and economic analysis.

Dossier: The 2015 Canadian Federal Elections

On October 19th, Canada will hold its federal elections-what is at stake in these elections, and where is Canada headed? In this dossier, we shed light on some of the main policy debates and developments.

Publications

Perspectives Southeastern Europe #3: Captured states in the Balkans

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The international community, especially the EU an its member states, seems clumsy and even over-burdened in light of the recklessly proceeding patronage networks in the Balkans: The approach of local ownership which has been propagated for a long while is dangerously ignoring the real balance of power in those countries. How could citizens deal with very diffuse networks, if there are no intact correctives, no free, no independent justice?

German Greens in Coalition Governments

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The Alliance 90/The Greens Party has succeeded in taking over governmental responsibility in the majority of the 16 federal states. In this study the political scientist, Arne Jungjohann, has analysed Green government participation of previous years.

For Democracy

The present publication “For Democracy” outlines and analyzes the state of democracy worldwide as well as the possibilities of democracy assistance.

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Budapest gratuliert!

Analysis

Viktor Orbán, facing an upcoming general election, may generate domestic political capital if the German government becomes more decisive in demanding that EU member states comply with the European Union’s migration-related regulations. 

By Edit Zgut

Hungary: a state captured by Russia

Hungary’s liaison with the Kremlin has turned the economic “Eastern Opening” into the construction of a full-blown illiberal democracy. This goes hand in hand with Russia’s growing leverage over Hungary with respect to economic as well as soft power.

By Péter Krekó, Lóránt Győri

Orbán’s theatrical struggle against big, bad Berlin

Orbán tries to destroy Germany’s positive image in Central Eastern Europe, depicting Germany as the capital of the decadent, liberal, pro-immigration EU that is doomed to fail. Tolerating such a behaviour would be a huge long-term strategic mistake for Germany.

By Edit Zgut, Bulcsú Hunyadi , Péter Krekó

Political Parties

How successful are government policies within Germany and Europe? What political changes are emerging in the age of the internet? Will political parties be able to adapt to new challenges? And how can we achieve a democratic Europe?

A shrinking membership base along with a loss of confidence have hit the major political parties harder than their smaller competitors. Today, political parties have to undergo programmatic and structural reforms and offer new forms of participation in order to attract extra-parliamentary political actors. Otherwise they will no longer be able to mediate between society and its institutions. Furthermore, politics is increasingly defined by the European Union. Our projects aim to probe institutions, governments, and political parties regarding their potentials for conflict as well as their perspectives for democratic development.