Kim Lane Scheppele on Hungary, Viktor Orbán, and its Democratic Decline


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So, I came back from that trip and said to one of my good friends back in Budapest, ‘I think I've met the most dangerous person I've ever met personally.’ And she said, ‘Oh Viktor, he's nothing. He's like a kid. He's in his thirties.’ I mean, he was an aspiring politician at this point. His party was at the bottom of the polls. It didn't look like he had any future. And I said, ‘No, this guy has something. It's hard to define what it is, but we're going to be hearing from him.’

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Kim Lane Scheppele is the Laurance S. Rockefeller Professor of Sociology and International Affairs and the University Center for Human Values at Princeton University.

Key Highlights

  • Introduction - 0:50
  • Kim Lane Scheppele meets Viktor Orbán - 2:45
  • Viktor Orbán as Prime Minister 1998-2002 - 9:21
  • Hungary Changes its Constitution 15:56
  • Orbán Undermines Democracy Legally - 26:32
  • Why do Voters Support Orbán and Fidesz - 41:48

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