New Models and Old Traditions: Debates on Parliamentarism in Hungary After the Austro-Hungarian Settlement of 1867
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Cieger analyses the development of the modern parliamentarism in Hungary within the Austro-Hungarian monarchy. The chapter focusing on the parliamentary debates and political essays shows the conflicts between the old norms of the Hungarian political culture and the new patterns of the West European political system. Although the Hungarian parliamentarism intended to follow the English model on account of the solid constitutional fault line, the rotation of parties in government was unable to develop. Furthermore Franz Joseph would not completely accept the principle of ‘king in parliament’ and neither did the new ‘checks and balances’ of government power come into being in the Hungarian political system. Finally, throughout the period antagonistic conceptions of municipal autonomy existed in the political discourse.