Authors: Gábor Soós
New democracies, including post-communist countries, are associated with weakly institutionalized parties and unstable party systems. Nevertheless, Hungary developed a stable party system, which is classified here as a to-bloc system. The paper presents the contingent events that led to institutionalization, and identifies the regulative, normative, cognitive and emotional mechanisms through which the party system reinforces itself.
Keywords: party system, institutionalization, path dependence, Hungary