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2011-02-14

Accountability: from stardom to early retirement?

With three largely unknown, but nevertheless major players behind bars, albeit only briefly, and further major targets in sight, the accountability machine finally graduates to the big leagues. Yet, there is a distinct possibility that it won’t stay there.
Accountability: from stardom to early retirement?

With three largely unknown, but nevertheless major players behind bars, albeit only briefly, and further major targets in sight, the accountability machine finally graduates to the big leagues. Yet, there is a distinct possibility that it won’t stay there. The longing for accountability may decrease if the government procrastinates much further. The public might not have forgiven the Socialists, but inevitably popular anger is ebbing. If there is no genuine political desire for accountability in Fidesz – which there might not be for a variety of reasons – then there is a chance that as it has previously, the latest round of accountability can be slowly buried.

Accountability was probably the dominant buzzword of the 2010 campaign. Following the unceasing string of corruption affairs that politicians of the then-governing party were caught up in, the public was intensely receptive towards Fidesz’ hazy promise of holding its predecessor accountable.

Policy Solutions' analysis on the accountability agenda of Fidesz can be downloaded from here.



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Policy Solutions is a progressive political research institute based in Budapest. It was founded in 2008 and it is committed to the values of liberal democracy, solidarity, equal opportunity and European integration. The focus of Policy Solutions’ work is on understanding political processes in Hungary and the European Union. Among the pre-eminent areas of our research are the investigation of how the quality of democracy evolves, the analysis of factors driving euroscepticism, populism and the far-right, and election research. 

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