By Rudolf Andorka, Richard Rose, Gyorgy Vukovich

Covers the long term social, monetary and political alterations in Hungary from 1945 to 1998.

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Democracy and Political Transformation. Budapest: Hungarian Political Science Association. , 1995. The 1990 Election to the Hungarian National Assembly. Berlin: Sigma. , 1996. Hungary's Negotiated Revolution: Economic Reforms, Social Change and Political Succession: 19571990. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Page 21 Chapter 1 Long-Term Modernization of Hungarian Society Rudolf Andorka and István Harcsa THE history of Hungary over the last two centuries can be interpreted as a series of attempts at modernization and catching up with more advanced Western societies in order to break out from a semi-peripheral position (Janos, 1982).

The regime sought to promote economic growth by introducing prices or quasi-prices into transactions, thus creating what was heralded as a socialist market economy. 2 Growth rate of the official Hungarian economy Sources: Compiled from CMEA Statistical Yearbook and Economic Commission for Europe production of consumer goods; was described as goulash socialism. However, there were limits to liberalization. In 1968 the Hungarian regime reaffirmed its opposition to radical reform by sending troops to support the Soviet army's invasion of Czechoslovakia.

By this time, the governing party had already dissolved itself and re-formed as the Hungarian Socialist Party (for accounts of the change, see for example Szoboszlai, 1991; for the longer period, see Tokes *, 1996). Hungary was in the lead in formally rejecting the Communist regime; a month before the Berlin Wall fell, the Parliament overwhelmingly endorsed a new constitution that declared in its preamble: Page 12 The Hungarian Republic is an independent, democratic, law-based state in which the values of bourgeois democracy and democratic socialism hold good in equal measure.

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