Rudolf Metz and Dániel Oross have recently published an article entilted „„Strong Personalities’ Impact on Hungarian Party Politics: Viktor Orbán and Gábor Vona” in "Party Leaders in Eastern Europe” edited by Sergiu Gherghina.
Since the democratic transition of 1989–1990 Hungarian politics produced a clear shift in the process of personalization and presidentialization over the years. The growing autonomy of party leaders highlights the role of leadership and the necessity of studies written about their characteristics and behaviors in office. This chapter compares Viktor Orbán, the longest-serving Hungarian party leader, and Gábor Vona, the former president of the radical right party Jobbik, based on their characteristics and behaviors as party leaders. Both leaders have driven their party through ideological transformation and their personality traits played an important role in achieving this. Although the impact of the two leaders on the Hungarian political landscape is very different, the comparison offers interesting insights for the understanding of the role of party leaders in Hungarian politics.
Metz, Rudolf, és Daniel Oross (2020): Strong Personalities’ Impact on Hungarian Party Politics: Viktor Orbán and Gábor Vona. In Sergiu Gherghina (ed.) Party Leaders in Eastern Europe: Personality, Behavior and Consequences, Palgrave Studies in Political Psychology, Cham: Springer International Publishing, 145–70. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-32025-6_7 (Online first).