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Programme | 17 May, Budapest, 2019

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

8:00 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. Registration (at Room 510, V. floor)

Registration desk is available during the conference.

8:45 a.m. – 8:50 a.m. Opening, welcome address (Room 510)

Tamás Pesuth, Director of Foreign Relations

8:50 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.  Keynote lecture, followed by Q&A session

Aleksander Andrzej Szczerbiak: How is the European integration debate changing in post-communist states?


9:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. Coffee break (3rd floor Institute for Political Science)


Session 1: 9:45 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

Panel 1: Variations of integration in East Central European countries (Room 510) - Chair: Loredana Vlasceanu

Loredana Vlasceanu

The sovereignty debate in CEECs and the future of CEE-EU relations. Case study: Hungary and Romania

József Dúró

Scepticism or Pragmatism? The European Policy of Fidesz

András Bánki

Group loyalty among Visegradian Members of the European Parliament

Katalin Miklóssy

Regional Integration in East Central Europe: Strategies in the In-Between Sphere

Panel 2: Electoral behaviour in East Central European countries (Room 429) - Chair: Mattia Collini

Mattia Collini

Political Orientation and Electoral Volatility in Central and Eastern Europe. Is This an Issue or Are All Part(ie)s the Same?

Veronika Patkós – András Szántó

Is political sophistication conducive to partisan bias?

Máté Harkányi

Split-ticket voting in Hungary

Eszter Galgóczi

Does socioeconomic status affect attitudes toward refugees in Hungary?

Panel 3: Political elites in East Central European countries (Room 430) - Chair: Klaudia Hanisch

Klaudia Hanisch

Partisan Polarization and its Perception among the Elites in Poland

Réka Várnagy

Protest and discipline in the Hungarian Parliament

Éva Ványi

'Cherchez la femme': Women in the cabinets in Hungary

Miklós Merényi

Society Not Found – The Problem of Political Representation in the Political Science of Hungary’s Post-Socialist Democratization


11:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Coffee break (3rd floor Institute for Political Science)


Session 2: 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Panel 4: Political communication in East Central European countries (Room 510) - Chair: Katalin Farkas Bede

Fruzsina Nábelek

Negative campaigning in the campaign strategy: a dynamic approach

Katalin Farkas-Bede

’Europe for the Europeans. The Orban Doctrine in a Comparative Context

Márton Bene

“Safe space” for disagreement? An experiment on the linkage between social media cross-cutting exposure and internal political efficacy

Panel 5: Politics and economy (Room 429) - Chair: Zoltán Török

Péter Krisztián Zachar

Political dynamics as catalyst of institutional change: the example of the Hungarian chambers of industry and commerce

Zoltán Török

Studying the different qualities of policy change – Hungarian tax reform 2009-2018

Gábor Molnár

The role of business associations in contractual governance: the case of a successful Hungarian industry

Mikhail Zabotkin

Democratic Backsliding in CEE as European Disintegration: a Qualitative Comparative Analysis

Panel 6: Policies in East Central European countries (Room 430) - Chair: Anna Sakson-Boulet

Anna Sakson-Boulet

Poland Environmental Policy Priorities by 2030

Iga Kender-Jeziorska

Public service co-production in illiberal democracies: A comparative case of drug policy in East-Central Europe 

Melánia Ercsey-Orbán

Discourse and family policy in Hungary between 2010 and 2018

Sándor Gallai

Give way to children? The Context of Family Policy in Hungary


1:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. Lunch break (3rd floor Institute for Political Science) 


Session 3: 2:45 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.

Panel 7: Party systems (Room 510) - Chair: Csaba Molnár

Martin Mölder

Changing Political Landscapes in Eastern Europe: A Comparative Analysis of Perceptions of Political Landscapes

András Hajdú

The reawakens of the urban-rural cleavage – The urban-rural cleavage and parties in the Hungarian Parliamentary Election 2018

Csaba Molnár

The Proof of Mainstreaming is the Winning? – The Moderation Strategy of Jobbik

Panel 8: Problems of policy implementation (Room 429) - Chair: Hoppál Kál Bulcsú

Márton Ugrósdy

Where best practices come from? Preliminary evidence on policy transfer in the Hungarian central and local government context

Bulcsú Kál Hoppál

A Chapter of the Relation of State and Churches: The Statute IV of 1990 and CCVI of 2011

Anna Ujlaki

Fear of refugees and immigrants – A theoretical approach

Prince Aian Villanueva

Pathways to corruption in Central Eastern Europe and Eurasia: A fuzzy-sets qualitative comparative analysis


4:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Coffee break (3rd floor Institute for Political Science)


Session 4: 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Panel 9: Opposition and resistance in East Central European countries (Room 510) - Chair: András Körösényi

Igor Stipić

Esthetics of Order – Poetics of Resistance: ‘Pravda za Davida’ as new ‘distribution of the sensible’?

Magdalena Solska

Political opposition in Poland – just weak or intentionally constrained?

Marcin Łukaszewski

Political techniques applied by the Law and Justice party since the 2015 elections

Balša Delibašić  –  Sara Nikolić

Rising of New Force: Core Values of New Social Movements in Serbia and Their Potential for Creating a New Political Front


6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Conference closing and farewell drink

(3rd floor Institute for Political Science)

Farewell address, Sándor Gallai (Institute for Political Science, CUB)



Call for papers

The Institute for Political Science at the Corvinus University of Budapest (CUB) cordially invites researchers and experts of ECE politics to participate in the 2nd “Understanding East Central European Politics” conference.

The conference will be held at CUB in Budapest on 17 May. Our aim is to give the participants the opportunity to present and discuss their latest research findings on the contemporary political issues of ECE. By attracting specialists of the region, we offer a platform for exchanging views on recent political developments in ECE, comparing national experiences, and enhancing cooperation among local academics.

Papers are welcome in the following topics

-          Electoral Systems, National and EP Elections in ECE Countries

-          Parties and Changes in the Party Systems of ECE Countries

-          Political Institutions and Political Systems in ECE Countries

-          Governance, Public Policies, and Public Administration in ECE Countries

-          Local Politics and Self-governance in ECE Countries

-          Political Mobilization and Civil Society in ECE countries

-          Politics and Media in ECE Countries

-          Sovereignty and National Security of ECE Countries

-          Cooperation among ECE Countries

-          EU–ECE Relations

Papers will be selected for presentations which will take place in thematic panels. Applications for organising and chairing the panels are open for you. The best papers – chosen by an international advisory board – will be published electronically in Political Science Online, an electronic journal edited by the Institute for Political Science at CUB.

The participation fee is EUR 100. Young experts, under the age of 30, can participate for a reduced fee of EUR 65. The fee covers lunch, coffee break catering and a farewell drink during the conference.

Applicants are invited to submit their abstracts before 1 March, 2019. Deadlines for the payment of the participation fee and paper submission are 15 April and 30 April, 2019, respectively.

Account Holder

Corvinus University of Budapest

Bank Name

Hungarian State Treasury

Account Number



HU74 1003 2000 0028 2857 0000 0000



Please include the following text in the comment field: A3ES01007T_NAME OF PARTICIPANT

Other important dates:

Acceptance notification:                                        15 March, 2019

Confirmation of participation fee payment:           30 April, 2019

Announcement of the finalized programme:         30 April, 2019

Publication notification:                                         31 May, 2019

Publication of distinguished papers:                      1 September, 2019


Abstracts, papers, and inquiries are expected to be sent to uecep(at)uni-corvinus(dot)hu

The planned schedule

17 May 2019 (Friday)

8:00 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.             Registration

8:45 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.             Opening, welcome address and keynote lecture

9:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.             Coffee break

9:45 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.           1st session (parallel panels)

11:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.         Coffee break

11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.           2nd session (parallel panels)

1:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.             Lunch break

2:45 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.             3rd session (parallel panels)

4:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.             Coffee break

4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.             4th session (parallel panels)

6:00 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.             Farewell drink and conference closing

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)



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)


Corvinus Contacts

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

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

Last modified: 2020.03.02.