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Visiting Fellows 2011-2012



Terry Cox, University of Glasgow

“Arrested Transformation: the politics of post-communist Hungary”
Fellowship period: April 1 – May 31, 2012

Terry Cox is Professor of Central and East European Studies at the University of Glasgow and Editor of Europe-Asia Studies. He is Past-President of the British Association of Slavonic and East European Studies (BASEES) and is currently a member of the Area Studies sub-panel of the UK funding councils’ Research Excellence Framework (REF). His current research interests are in the political sociology of post-communist transformations, with a special focus on civil society, interest group politics, governance and welfare regimes.

Recent Publications include:
Terry Cox and Sandor Gallai, (2009) Policy Actors and Policy Making in Contemporary Hungary. In: Staronova, K and Vass, L (eds.) Public Policy and Administration: Challenges and Synergies. NISPAcee, Bratislava.
Terry Cox (ed.) (2008) Challenging Communism in Eastern Europe: 1956 and its Legacy, London, Routledge.
Martin Myant and Terry Cox (eds.) (2008) Reinventing Poland: Economic and Political Transformation and Changing National Identity, London, Routledge.
Terry Cox, (2007) ‘Democratisation and Social Policy in East Central Europe’, in Y. Bangura (ed.), Democratisation and Social Policy, Geneva/London, UNRISD/Palgrave.
Terry Cox, (2007) ‘Democratization and State–Society Relations in East Central Europe: The Case of Hungary’, Journal of Communist Studies and Transition Politics’, vol.23, no.2.
Terry Cox, Gabriella Ilonszki and Laszlo Vass, (2007) ‘State and Organised Interests in Post-Communist Hungarian Politics’, Perspectives on European Politics and Societies, vol.8, no.2.

Abstract of current research:
During the period of his Aleksanteri Visiting Fellowship he will be working on a project entitled ‘Arrested Transformation: the politics of post-communist Hungary’. This project aims at an analysis of the trajectory of Hungarian politics and society during the period of post-communist transformation. From a starting point as one of the leading countries achieving a successful transition from communist rule, Hungary since then has experienced growing social and political polarisation, problems of ineffective governance, failed or limited attempts at social reform and widespread popular distrust of its political class. The research seeks to explain the problematic characteristics of the Hungarian polity as the outcome of a process of impeded or arrested transformation, resulting from the stagnation of transitional arrangements that became embedded in Hungarian society in the 1990s and the difficulty of developing beyond the typical arrangements of transitional institutions and processes. The research is based on interviews with a wide range of state and social policy actors in Hungary.

Email: Terry.Cox [at]
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Academic hosts at the Aleksanteri Institute: Katalin Miklóssy and Anna-Liisa Heusala