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‘The goal is not necessarily to sit at the table’—Resisting autocratic legalism in Hungarian academia

  • The article analyses the strategies of Hungarian higher education interest organisations against the encroachments on academic freedom by Viktor Orbán's governments. We contrast the 2012–2013 and 2017–2019 protest waves and find that innovations in strategy came from new organisations in both periods, whereas established ones were rather passive or opted for the status quo. However, in the second period, new actors consciously declined to pursue wider systemic goals and aimed at building up formal organisations instead of loose, movement-like networks. The focus on keeping a unified front and interest representation on the workplace level did not change the overall outcome. Just like during the first period, the government was able to reach its goals without major concessions. Nevertheless, during the second protest wave the government was unable to divide and pacify its opponents, which stripped it of its legalistic strategy and revealed its authoritarianism.

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Author:Rafael Pablo LabaninoORCiD, Michael Dobbins
Publisher:Wiley Online Library
Document Type:Working Paper
Publishing Institution:Pädagogische Hochschule Ludwigsburg
Release Date:2021/08/19
Year of Completion:2020
Tag:hungarian academia
Victor Orban; academic freedom; higher education; interest organisations
GND Keyword:Hochschule; Kulturpolitik; Ungarn
Issue:Higher Education Quarterly 2020;00:1–16.
Volltext unter angegebener DOI abrufbar.
Faculties:Fakultät für Erziehungs- und Gesellschaftswissenschaften
DDC class:300 Sozialwissenschaften / 320 Politik
Open Access:Ja
Licence (German):License LogoCreative Commons - CC BY - Namensnennung 4.0 International