English title: Political polarization and its consequences on democratic accountability

Author(s): Andras Körösényi -

Language: English

Type: Journal article

Year: 2013

Abstract

This paper first explores the polarization thesis, according to which between 1990-2010 political polarization increased to a large extent in the Hungarian political elite and among citizens, although it did not undermine the stability of the political system. Second, it gives an endogenous explanation for this phenomenon. Third, through theoretical discussion and empirical examples taken from Hungarian politics it is revealed that although growing polarization has not generated regime instability, it reduces, or might reduce, the efficiency of the operation of democracy. Five mechanisms of the effects of ideological polarization which weaken democratic accountability are explored.

Volume: 4

Issue: 2

From page no: 3

To page no: 30

Refereed: Yes

DOI:

Journal: Corvinus Journal of Sociology and Social Policy

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