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2013-04-03

The populist poker begins

It seemed unlikely a few months ago, but Fidesz' star is on the rise. Already towards the end of last year it had managed to halt its steady decline in the polls, and since January it has been expanding its base while the opposition is apparently struggling. This is unsurprising, since Fidesz is resorting to tried and tested methods of financial populism that voters apparently can't get enough of.
The populist poker begins

It seemed unlikely a few months ago, but Fidesz' star is on the rise. Already towards the end of last year it had managed to halt its steady decline in the polls, and since January it has been expanding its base while the opposition is apparently struggling. This is unsurprising, since Fidesz is resorting to tried and tested methods of financial populism that voters apparently can't get enough of. As always, questions about the sustainability of presents such as the reduction in the price of utilities are drowned out by the eagerness of parties to outbid one another with wild promises. Given that it can actually start delivering on its promises, Fidesz has the better odds in this game.

Policy Solutions' analysis can be downloaded from here.



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