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Programme | 10 - 11 May, Budapest, 2018

 10 May 2018 (Thursday)

Venue: Faculty Club, Central Building, Corvinus University of Budapest (8. Fővám square)


4.20pm – 4.50pm Registration.


5.00pm – 5.15pm Welcome address. Prof András Lánczi, Rector of the Corvinus University of Budapest


5.15pm – 6.00pm Keynote lecture: Dancing towards the Precipice – The Western View of the World and ECE. Prof Andreas Kinneging (University of Leiden)


6.00pm – 8.00pm Welcome dinner. (RVSP)

11 May 2018 (Friday)

Venue: New Building, Corvinus University of Budapest (4-6. Közraktár street)


8.30am – 9.00am Registration. (at room 510)


9.00am – 10.30am Session 1


Zsófia Papp: Policy responsiveness under mixed-member electoral rules. The substantive representation of rural interests in the Hungarian Parliament

Eszter Galgóczi: Does hate speech influence people’s attitude?

Adrienn Vajda: Female candidates and the 2018 parliamentary election in Hungary

Dániel Róna: Economic voting in Hungary

Éva Ványi: Understanding the politicization of bureaucrats in Hungary. The background of the highly politicized senior civil service in Hungary


Panel 2: Public Policy and Public Administration (Room 510). Chair: Miroslav Barták

Miroslav Barták: Analysis of social services planning in the Ústí Region

Márton Ugrósdy: Policy transfer in the Hungarian public administration context: what makes it work and what doesn’t?

Iga Kender-Jeziorska: How to trigger an epidemic: Local politicians and harm reduction services in Budapest

Beáta Gavurová: The implementation of health policy at the regional level


10.30am – 11.00am Coffee break


11.00am – 12.30pm Session 2


Panel 1: Visegrad Cooperation (Room 429) Chair: Sándor Gallai

Katalin Miklóssy: Regional strategic culture in the Visegrad-countries: Poland and Hungary

Sándor Gallai: The Political Importance of the Visegrad Cooperation

Nóra Sokolowski-Lázár: V4 Connects - The Hungarian Presidency 2017/2018 of the Visegrad Group.

József Dúró: Becoming Mainstream? Euroscepticism among Established Parties in Visegrad Countries


Panel 2: EU, Populism (Room 510). Chair: Zoltán Kántor

András Tóth: Crisis of Globalization and Economic Nationalism: Understanding the Rise of Populist Nationalist Right and Moving away from the European Model in the European periphery

Milan Kurucz: Comparison of impact of political and economic conditions in Slovakia and Hungary on their relations to the EU

Péter Balogh: Understanding Hungarian and East Central European politics through national narratives

Zoltán Kántor: Kin-state politics from an electoral perspective: kin-votes at kin-state elections


12.30pm – 1.30pm Lunch break


1.30pm – 3.00pm Session 3


Panel 1: European Union and ECE Countries (Room 429) Chair: Zoltán Török

Michał Dulák: How much left do we have from “honest brokers” in the EU? Effectiveness of the EU presidency under the Lisbon Treaty regime. Case of the Central and Eastern European Member States

Besnik Pula: Configuring globalized capitalisms: assembly platforms, intermediate producers, and combined roles in Central and Eastern Europe

Gábor Molnár – Károly Mike – István Boza: Do Business Associations Support Rent-Seeking? The Case of EU Funds in Hungary

Zoltán Török: Unintended Outcomes. Effects of the EU and the IMF on Hungary’s public sector and administrative reforms


Panel 2: Populism, Nationalism (Room 510). Chair: Heino Nyyssönen

Veronica Anghel: The Road to Illiberalism: Informality and Personalized Politics in New Democracies

Heino Nyyssönen: “Bold Nations” and their prestige: recent Poland and Hungary in comparison

Arzuu Sheranova: Why populism and nationalism are a successful combination in Hungary: a theoretical explanation

Csaba Molnár: Have the Jobbik’s policy proposals become more moderate?


3.00pm – 3.30pm Coffee break


3.30pm – 5.00pm Session 4


Panel 1: Leadership (Room 429). Chair: András Körösényi

András Körösényi – Gábor Illés: Selective responsiveness and niche policy-making: Orbán’s executive leadership in a comparative perspective

Rudolf Metz – Dániel Oross: Strong personalities’ impact on Hungarian party politics. Comparing Viktor Orbán’s and Gábor Vona’s leadership through party transformation

Ameni Mehrez: Understanding European Foreign Policy and Political Behavior: Angela Merkel and Viktor Orbán

Réka Várnagy: Using parliamentary resources for party building – the role of PPG leaders


Panel 2: Theory of Democracy and Sovereignty (Room 510). Chair: Hana Formanková

Astrid Lorenz – Hana Formanková: The puzzling democratisation in Czechia. Empirical findings and the need for theoretical rearrangements

András Szántó: Schumpeterian and epistemic democracy in ECE countries

Gergely Rajnai: Consolidation of power in post-socialist Central European countries

Vilmos Nagy: Does financial sovereignty pay? Weighing national sovereignty against financial conditionality

Zoltán Balázs: FIDESZ: A Case Study in Political Ontology


5.00pm – 5.30pm Conference closing and farewell drink. Farewell address, Sándor Gallai (Director, Institute for Political Science, CUB)

Practical Information


The airport shuttle may be the most comfortable choice but a taxi or public transportation is also convenient. Bus line 100E offers passenger service between Liszt Ferenc International Airport and the city centre. Corvinus University can be easily reached from the ‘Kálvin tér’ stop (following Corvin negyed). Only the 900 HUF Airport shuttle bus single ticket is accepted available at vending machines.

How to get to Corvinus


Marked: Accommodation options, stops (including Railway stations and the Airport), Corvinus University Building C (New Build.) and various attractions.

From the hotels offered you can take either tram 47 or 49 to Fővám tér or tram 4 or 6 then tram 2 to Zsil utca. From Fővám tér you can walk through the Central Market Hall which was awarded FIABCI Prix d’Excellence and Best Market in Europe (CNN Travel Europe, 2013). The Corvinus New Building is behind the market (7-storey-window building). You can buy public transport tickets at the Metro stations (both Kálvin tér or Corvin negyed). Walking from Kálvin tér to the university is a 10 minutes’ walk. All the Routes can be followed in the digital map.

The pricing system for all public transport vehicles is uniform. You are required to buy your tickets prior to travelling at Customer Service Points (BKK) or at ticket vending machines. A Single ticket costs HUF 350. Getting your ticket onboard the bus (available only on buses) an additional 100 HUF cost is charged (total HUF 450).

Daily tickets and special passes are also available fitting as requested.



Single room rate/per night

Breakfast and taxes included


4* Hotels




31 Nagytemplom u.
Budapest (8th District)

Boody House



10 Bródy Sándor utca
Budapest (8th District)

Lifestyle Hotel



4 Hőgyes Endre utca Budapest (9th District)

3* Hotels

Inn Side Hotel Kalvin House



6 Gönczy Pál utca
Budapest (9th District)

Residence Baron



4 Só utca
Budapest (5th District)


Corvin Center Suites



34-36 Futó utca H- Budapest (8th District)

WIFI in and around the meeting rooms during the Conference

username: UnderstandingECE
password: UnderstandingECE2018



As a place for several major attractions in Europe – the largest thermal water system in the world, the first Underground Railroad on the continent, the third largest Parliament building in the world and the largest Synagogue in Europe – Budapest has no shortage of things to see. The Buda Castle (World Heritage), Basilica of St Stephen, House of Terror, Heroes’ Square, our bridges and boat tours are strongly suggested. (The Hungarian National Museum is very close to Kálvin tér; the Museum Garden is being renewed but throughout the renovation works the exhibitions of the Museum will remain open according to the usual opening hours.) (Hungarian National Museum) (Music, Dance, Festival)


Corvinus Contacts

Jozsef Duro: jozsef.duro(at)uni-corvinus(dot)hu

Eva Vanyi: eva.vanyi(at)uni-corvinus(dot)hu

Last modified: 2019.01.27.