The End of Certainty – a public lecture

January 12, 2012

Prof. Ferenc Miszlivetz, visiting professor, is to give a public lecture at Columbia University on Wednesday, January 25.  

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Democracy and Civil Society: Outlines of a New Paradigm

July 10, 2011

Evaluating 1989 has divided analysts from the outset. The majority of political scientists and sociologists saw the events as the victory of liberal democracy in Central and Eastern Europe. Thus, Jürgen Habermas or Timothy Garton Ash did not see the ‘velvety revolutions’ as offering anything new, they did not believe that any original or innovative […]

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Miszlivetz Ferenc: Élő város (videó)

March 1, 2011

Az Új Reformkor mozgalom záró konferenciájának előadásait videón rögzítettük. Elsőként Miszlivetz Ferenc szociológus előadását ajánljuk, aki a városfejlesztés alternatív lehetőségeiről beszélt. A szakember úgy látja: a modernizációs törekvéseknek nagyobb hangsúlyt kellene helyeznie a középvárosok illetve kisebb regionális központok fejlesztésére is, hiszen csak így lehet szavatolni, hogy a vidéki városok is képesek legyenek megtartani az értékes […]

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Why Should We Reinvent Central Europe?

February 10, 2011

The European Union has been going through a crisis. It has lost its dynamism and can only strengthen its competitiveness and increase economic and social cohesion if the member states, regions, local governments and, not least, activist groups of local societies strive to achieve these aims. Not all public figures seem to have understood this in our […]

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The Future of Europe: Democracy, Civil Society and Enlargement

July 10, 2010

Laurence Whitehead in a recently published article, links the complex and blurred issue of Eastern enlargement of the EU to what he calls „democracy promotion”.* As is usually in the case of European enlargement, reality moves ahead of theory and the social sciences: one can agree with Whitehead that the Helsinki Summit of Dec. 1999, which concluded to start […]

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The European Civil Society Discourse

July 10, 2010

Democratic deficit The EU’s soft spot is that its institutions are not thoroughly transparent and lack the democratic social legitimacy. The democratic deficit during the 90’s was constantly growing. The consensus that was symptomatic of the integration-orientated elite has been  drained after the war. This consensus played a noteworthy role in the regular and effective co-operation of the […]

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What happened to you, Hungary?

May 10, 2010

There are more and more people asking how did we manage to make such a mess of it all? Why did we fail to retain and capitalise on the initial advantage and positive evaluation that this country had at the outset? Back in 1990 this country was seen as the most promising East of the Elba. After […]

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The Tunnel at the End of the Light: The Crisis of Transition in Hungary

May 10, 2010

AFTER ACCESSION: STRAYING INTO THE LABYRINTHS OF THE WORLD Back in 1990 Hungary was seen as the most promising east of the Elba. After the annus mirabilis of 1989 the country was expected to set an example for the other countries in transition in the entire region of former Soviet satellites. After nearly two decades, the question has […]

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Miszlivetz Ferenc: A civil társadalom paradigmája

April 8, 2010

Originally published on April 8, 2010 A ’80-as évtized termékeny és kreatív időszak volt mind intellektuális értelemben, mind a társadalmi változás érdekében szerveződött alternatív mozgalmak, civil kezdeményezések kivirágzását és együttműködését tekintve. Kritikai gondolatok, stratégiai, hosszú távú koncepciók, fejlődési alternatívák egész sora bukkant fel és vált népszerűvé, széles körben vitatottá, hogy azután elsüllyedjenek a ’90-es évek […]

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“WE ARE IN THE SITUATION OF RELATIVE FREE WILL” An Interview with Immanuel Wallerstein

February 10, 2010

We are sitting here almost 30 years after our first interview in 1981 in Budapest and it seems to me that most of your predictions and analyses concerning the change in the upcoming world system proved to be right. You forecasted that the world system is in a transition phase which would take several decades. […]

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