The Latitude of Hungarian Ethnic Politics in Slovakia Cover Image

A szlovákiai magyar politikai mozgástér változásai
The Latitude of Hungarian Ethnic Politics in Slovakia

Author(s): Géza Tokár
Subject(s): Politics / Political Sciences, Politics, Social Sciences, Law, Constitution, Jurisprudence, Sociology, Government/Political systems, Inter-Ethnic Relations, Ethnic Minorities Studies, Politics and Identity
Published by: Nemzetpolitikai Kutatóintézet
Keywords: Hungarian ethnic politics;Hungarian community in Slovakia;Hungarian minority;

Summary/Abstract: The purpose of this paper is to analyse the latitude of ethnic political representation of the Hungarian community in Slovakia from 1989 up to recent political developments. The latitude is measured by three factors: the amount of political power held by representatives of the Hungarian communities, the coalition potential of the parties focusing on ethnic policies, and the political compatibility of the parties representing the Hungarian minority. The Hungarian ethnic parties were involved in Slovak politics from the times of the Velvet Revolution; however, their ability to affect politics and policies was limited by party-specific ethnic agendas and incompatibility with numerous Slovak ethnic parties. In light of recent political events, however, the ideological differences have been reduced and the pragmatic nature of fragmented Slovak party politics opens up new channels for cooperation. Despite the changing political environment, the latitude has been weakening due to the fragmentation of the Hungarian ethnic political elite.

  • Issue Year: 2/2017
  • Issue No: 4
  • Page Range: 69-89
  • Page Count: 21
  • Language: Hungarian