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During the Hungarian Revolution of 1956, citizens of Hungary stood side by side to revolt against Communism. Today, the Fidesz party, a right wing group that considers itself more moderate than the infamous Jobbik party, has a majority in Parliament as well as the presidency and recently proposed a new constitution that took act on January 1, 2012. Through analysis of survey studies and interviews conducted by researchers with citizens and scholars, I determined that social trust has decreased and the presence of racism has increased in Hungary during the past three years. Although the idea of passing the new constitution, Fundamental Law of Hungary, was appropriate since the nation is in need of a new constitution, the recent changes in Hungarian laws and government in the past three years has deteriorated social cohesion among Hungarian citizens by causing a decrease of social trust and an increase of discrimination.

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Humanities, Government, Hungarian Studies

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Faye Prichard


Virginia Commonwealth University. Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program

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The Fundamental Law of Hungary and its Effect on Social Cohesion