Rebuilding the Hungarian right through conquering civil society: the Civic Circles Movement by Bela Greskovits
In his new article Professor Bela Greskovits discusses how the Hungarian right's grassroot network transformed civil society.
The article analyses the Civic Circles Movement that paved the way for Viktor Orbán's Fidesz party from the opposition to enduring political rule. It is demonstrated that through extending and connecting the right's grassroots networks and hierarchical organisations, reinventing its holidays and heroes, and mobilising followers for contention, the movement has transformed civil society. The article contributes to the recent literature on illiberal parties and leaders by showing that the civic activism of educated middle-class supporters may be as important for their rise and resilience in power as the votes of less educated groups within their constituency.
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