The Hungarians from Transylvania in the Hungarian and Romanian political space Cover Image

Maghiarii din Transilvania în spaţiul politic maghiar şi românesc
The Hungarians from Transylvania in the Hungarian and Romanian political space

Author(s): Tamás Kiss, Gergő Barna
Subject(s): Media studies, Labor relations, Government/Political systems, Politics and society, Comparative politics, Migration Studies, Inter-Ethnic Relations, EU-Accession / EU-DEvelopment, Ethnic Minorities Studies
Published by: ISPMN Institutul pentru Studierea Problemelor Minorităţilor Naţionale
Keywords: Hungarians from Transylvania; Hungarian and Romanian political space; citizenship; Hungarian parliamentary elections; European Union;
Summary/Abstract: Between 18 May and 8 June, 2013 the authors have collected data from a representative sample of 1,232 Hungarians from Transylvania with the purpose to examine the political behavior of the aforementioned community within the political spaces of both Hungary and Romania. While closely related to a research project (entitled 'Ethnic parties, voting behavior') carried out within the Romanian Institute for Research on National Minorities, the present research has extended its focus to Transylvanian Hungarians'voting behavior outside Romania. This change of perspective has been necessary because on 26 May 2010 the Hungarian Parliament adopted the amendment to the 1993 Law on Hungarian citizenship by introducing the simplified naturalization procedure, thus enabling Hungarians from the neighboring countries of Hungary to obtain Hungarian citizenship without residency. Moreover, the new Hungarian election law adopted in November 2011 allows Hungarian citizens without residency in Hungary to vote in the Hungarian Parliamentary elections (on candidates from national party lists). As a consequence, the political, or voting behavior of Hungarians from Transylvania needs to be analyzed by taking into account this perspective as well.

  • Page Count: 74
  • Publication Year: 2013
  • Language: Romanian