DOI: 10.5176/2251-2403_PSSIR62

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

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