The Conspiratorial Mindset in an Age of Transition

Conspiracy Theories in France, Hungary and Slovakia – Survey Results Executive summary Conspiracy theories should not be dismissed as a psychological problem that only affects a small minority – a subtler suspicion of political institutions and their power is far more pervasive. The current period of transition in Europe has resulted in increased uncertainty about  Read more

December 20, 2013 in Analyses, France, Hungary, News, Slovakia

Many people believe that someone “pulls the strings”

The public opinion survey[i] conducted recently in Slovakia brought quite surprising findings – more than 60% of respondents agreed with the statement “Actually, it is not the government that runs the country: we don’t know who pulls the strings”. Out of them, 20% agreed strongly and another 43% tended to agree. Only 25% disagreed (either  Read more

August 19, 2013 in Analyses, News, Research, Slovakia

The empire of conspiracy: the axiomatic role of antisemitism in the ideology of the Hungarian extreme right

“Ongoing genocide”, “Tracking the Rulers of the World”, “White Europe is under ultimate threat”, “Hungary: 100% Israel”. These are some typical titles you can see on the front page of Baridád (Barricade) magazine, the official weekly of the ultranationalist Hungarian Jobbik party. From the most archaic medieval-style conspiracy theories such as the murders of young  Read more

May 6, 2013 in Analyses, Hungary, News

The roots of radicalism and anti-Roma attitudes on the far right

This paper seeks to look more closely at the prevalence of anti-gypsy sentiment, which is one of the main pillars of Hungarian far-right movements. It will show which social groups and attitudes connect with the politically increasingly relevant anti-gypsy concept – a concept which, for all that it is extreme, has been widely accepted in Hungary in recent  Read more

March 4, 2013 in Analyses, Hungary, News, Research

Dangerous harbours: Populism, extremism and young people

Populist and extremist actors are becoming increasingly adept at targeting first-time and young-, largely undecided, voters. Mainstream parties need more personal contact with voters, more ideology and less professionalism.   Read the full story on the website of Policy Network.

January 11, 2013 in Analyses, Hungary, News

The radical right in Europe: Available on Demand

Peter Kreko argues that social demand for radical right ideologies not only works to increase the electoral base of support for radical right parties, but also shifts the overall political landscape in a more authoritarian, more nationalistic and more chauvinistic direction. Most “attitude radicals” are not found in the ranks of the radical right, but  Read more

October 29, 2012 in Analyses, Hungary, News

How to tackle the far right? Delusions and new Proposals

Friedrich Ebert Stiftung Budapest and Political Capital Institute organized a conference on strategies against right-wing extremism in Budapest, Hungary on October 11, 2012 with the participation of leading international and  Hungarian experts and intellectuals. The following paper summarizes the findings of the paper presented at the event, as well as the summary of the speakers’  Read more

October 26, 2012 in Analyses, Europe, Events, News

More conspiracy theories than conspiracies

Criticism of article based on misunderstanding, uses false definition. Dear Mr. Parsons, Thank you for your response (“Liberals too can be guilty of muddled thinking”’, The Budapest Times, 14-20 September 2012) to my article on conspiracy theories (“Conspiracy theories on the rise”, The Budapest Times, 31 August-6 September 2012). In your opinion, my argumentation against  Read more

October 1, 2012 in Hungary, News

Conspiracy Theories on the Rise in Europe

The International Monetary Fund fuelled the economic crisis in emerging Europe in 2009 to create a situation in which it would be asked to help bail out the region, and consequently elevate the IMF’s status and importance.  The ravings of a fringe blogger perhaps, an angry anti-globalization activist or far-right ideologist?  If only.  In fact,  Read more

July 26, 2012 in Analyses, English, Hungary, News

Attitude radicals in Hungary – in international context

Looking at Europe as a whole, social demand for far-right ideas has not increased significantly in the wake of the current economic crisis in the past few years. In Southern and Western Europe demand for far-right ideologies shows a rising trend: in particular, prejudice has intensified dramatically in Switzerland, Belgium and Finland, and to a  Read more

February 29, 2012 in English, Hungary, News, Research

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