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Only in Hungary you say: the moral panic button by Sándor Kerekes

Captivated by theory of the moral panic button by Endre Sik (TÁRKI), Sándor Kerekes summarizes how and why the practice of pushing the moral panic button evolved in Hungary in 2015. By adding a wider European social and political context, he also explains why this Hungarian political tool is unique in Europe.  

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Academic Award received by István György Tóth, director of Tárki

In recognition of their outstanding scientific work, the Presidium of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (HAS) awarded a restricted number of scientists with the Academic Award at the 191th Assembly of the HAS on Monday, 6 May 2019. István György Tóth, director of TÁRKI Social Research Institute and affiliated professor at Budapest Corvinus University was awarded the prize (alone in the field of social sciences) for recognizing his work on social structure, poverty and exclusion in Hungary and in international comparisons, on economics of the welfare state and for his research in the field of values and attitudes. The justification for the prize especially underlines his interdisciplinary work combining sociology, economics, statistics, demographics and value studies.

CEASEVAL working paper "The sociological characteristics of the discourse on relocation quotas in Hungary" by Endre Sik and Bori Simonovits has been published

The aim of the authors was to describe the main characteristics of the relocation quota discourse in Hungary between 2015 and 2018. This topic was from the very beginning highly politicized all over the EU, and in several countries, was used as the core issue for debating a much wider array of topics, such as sovereignty, and “more or less Europe.” As far as politicization of the refugee crisis is concerned, Hungary is an extreme case where the issue of relocation quotas became the ultimate propaganda tool of a moral panic generating technique, an essential element of which is the moral panic button.

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CEASEVAL Working Paper „The first results of the content analysis of the media in the course of migration crisis in Hungary” by Endre Sik and Bori Simonovits has been published

After a brief and critical overview of the methodological basis of the research on the role of media in the politicization process of the migration crisis, the authors came to the conclusion that their knowledge is often based on analyses using rather unreliable methodology. As an illustration of a better solution, they created a large dataset from online articles published in Hungary between January 2015 and April 2018 and carried out an analysis of prevalence and some aspects of the content of the politicization process. 

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Béla Janky's recent article on labeling asylum seekers in Hungary is now published 

The paper titled Changing Connotations and the Evolution of the Effect of Wording: Labeling Asylum Seekers in a Political Campaign investigates the moderating role of public discourse in the effects of labeling asylum seekers (as “immigrants” vs. “refugees”) on attitudes toward asylum policy. The study relies on a series of survey experiments conducted in Hungary, in a period when asylum policy suddenly became a highly salient issue there.

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CEASEVAL working paper “The case of Hungary – de Wilde goes wild” by Éva Bognár, Endre Sik and Ráchel Surányi has been published

The paper analyses the characteristics of politicization of the public debate in Hungary surrounding the EU quota of refugees. It focuses on two major disputes: the ‘quota debate’ of 2015 and the ‘quota referendum’ of 2016 in two major public for a: the media and the parliament and it analyses data on public opinion during these years. 

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The Hungarian Social Report 2019 is now released

The 2019 edition (the first in English since 2004, the year of Hungary's accession to the EU) of the bi-annual Hungarian Social Report series provides a cross section overview of various aspects of the current Hungarian society, and it also presents time series analyses of societal changes in the three historic decades of the post-communist Hungary. The book pays particular attention on social structure and mobility, health status, education and housing conditions as well as on attitudes and political preferences. The topics are presented in an international context by comparing data from Hungary and other EU Member States. The broad coverage in its 19 chapters, authored by major Hungarian experts of their fields makes the book an unbeatable source for all those wishing to understand the contemporary Hungarian society.

Tárki ranks high again on the 2018 Global Go To Think Tank Index Report

The Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program of the University of Pennsylvania conducts research annually on think tanks all over the world. The Global Go To Think Tank Index Report summarizes the results by categorizing and listing world leading think tanks. We appear on 7 listings of the annual report this year.