Neoliberalism's failure state
May 20, 2014 11:58 PM Subscribe
Orbán combined Germany’s much-criticized rules for drawing electoral districts with Britain’s highly disproportionate first-past-the-post rules for constituency elections, and topped it off with the widely used d’Hondt system for deriving proportional representation from party-list votes, a system that marginalizes small parties and bulks up plurality ones. The 2014 Hungarian system also allowed for blatant gerrymandering, an unusual new system of vote aggregation, and double and even triple standards in the way that different categories of citizens were treated (see my “Hungary, An Election in Question” and “Legal but Not Fair” for details). Those who supported the government found it easy to register and vote from abroad, while those who opposed it had to contend with red tape and misleading instructions circulated by new Fidesz-installed election officials. Unless the allied opposition had garnered at least 6 percent more votes than Fidesz, it could not have won even a bare majority of the parliamentary seats. All told, the election system had been altered to turn a bare plurality into a bare supermajority—hence Orbán’s apparent landslide..Kim Lane Scheppele explains in The Nation how Hungary has been made over into a one party state and how powerless the European Union is to do anything about it.
Kim Lane Scheppele earlier wrote about Hungary in Paul Krugman's NYT blog (which The Nation carefully failed to link to):
Hungary an election in question, part 2, part 3, part 4, part 5, written before the Hungarian elections of 6 April explaining why Fidesz would win them.
Legal but not fair: how 45 percent of the popular vote turned into a two-thirds supermajority for Fidesz.
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