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A dinnye a héjától. A bal-jobb vita a magyar alternatív mozgalmon belül
Water melon from its skin

Author(s): Dániel Mikecz
Subject(s): Politics / Political Sciences
Published by: MTA Politikai Tudományi Intézete

Summary/Abstract: The Hungarian system of context in movements and the relevance of the debate of left and right within the Hungarian alternative movement The main cleavage of the alternative social movements in E urope detaches the reformist and the radical wings of the movement. The Hungarian situation is characterized through the polarization of the alternative movement family along the question whether the left-right categories are still relevant to describe political standpoint, or new politics need new keywords. The “left wing” alternatives stand for the first opinion, the “greens” for the latter, which undoubtedly gives evidence of the left-right split. In order to clarify the causes of this Hungarian specialty, I analyzed the nature of the Hungarian context system. For the “green” wing of the Hungarian alternatives the left attribution is unacceptable, because before the democratization in Hungary, ecologist movements belonged to the opponents of the official leftist system. O ther difficulties in the use of the categories are the inconsistency of the left-right attribute, the apolitical nature of the Hungarian political culture, and the resource deficit of the Hungarian alternative social movement family. The issues and alliance structure of four Hungarian social movement organizations show that this division appears in the movements’ praxis as well, however it does not define alone the whole alternative movement family and mobilization.

  • Issue Year: 2008
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 71-97
  • Page Count: 27
  • Language: Hungarian