Constitution for a Disunited Nation
On Hungary's 2011 Fundamental Law
This collection is the most comprehensive account of the Fundamental Law and its underlying principles. The objective is to analyze this constitutional transition from the perspectives of comparative constitutional law, legal theory and political philosophy. The authors outline and analyze how the current constitutional changes are altering the basic structure of the Hungarian State. The key concepts of the theoretical inquiry are sociological and normative legitimacy, majoritarian and partnership approach to democracy, procedural and substantive elements of constitutionalism. Changes are also examined in the field of human rights, focusing on the principles of equality, dignity, and civil liberties.
About the Author
Gábor Attila Tóth is Associate Professor at the University of Debrecen, Faculty of Law. He is also Lecturer at the László Rajk College of Advanced Studies, Budapest.
"Constitutionalism as a democratic practice to safeguard human rights can never be taken for granted. This book takes constitutionalism seriously — it is a guiding light for Hungary and beyond, and a forceful, enlightened intervention in complicated political times."—Susanne Baer
"The title of the book says it all: a sad and dispiriting story about the ways in which the constitution of a modern state in the heart of Europe divides instead of integrates, excludes rather than includes, and entrenches the position of electoral victors rather than embracing all political competitors within an overarching constitutional framework. The story is told in different voices, from different perspectives, and with varying degrees of emotion, by the very best scholars in the field. For students of law and politics there is a powerful and universally applicable cautionary tale about the mistakes to be avoided and temptations to be resisted by a government if it wins an election and secures a constitution-changing majority."—Wojciech Sadurski
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