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Gyorgy Csepeli

The Rise of Hungary’s Mafia Society

by Gyorgy Csepeli

More than twenty years have passed in Hungary since the annus mirabili of 1989, when state socialism suddenly ceased to exist and gave way to a new system based on liberal principles. It was then that the transition to a market economy and democracy began. As Michael Burawoy and Katherine Verdery wrote in their introduction to Uncertain Transition, observers of this process were divided in their interpretation, caught between the grand...

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