The Retreat of Liberal Democracy
The Retreat of Liberal Democracy: Authoritarian Capitalism and the Accumulative State in Hungary. Palgrave, 2020.
How does neoliberalism pave the way for authoritarian capitalism? Does business support populist leaders? Are workers inherently nationalist or made so by the experience of class dislocation? Is state capitalism the way out of the middle-income trap of dependent economies? Relying on accumulated knowledge and conversing with researchers in critical political economy, sociology, anthropology and political science, the book provides a fresh answer to a simple yet profound question: why has liberal democracy retreated?
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The Dying of a Democracy ('Egy demokrácia halála')
The rise of authoritarian capitalism and the accumulative state in Hungary ('Az autoriter kapitalizmus és a felhalmozó állam felemelkedése Magyarországon'). Napvilág kiadó, 2019.
The book argues that democratic backsliding in Hungary is rooted in the tensions of global economic dependencies. However, this specific form of authoritarian capitalism is the result of how the conflictual alliance of local classes, such as the business class, the political class and the working class, translated globalisation into the domestic context.
The book can be ordered online (in Hungarian). English edition coming soon.
Hungary Back on Track ('Magyarország talpra áll')
An Alternative Budget Proposal for Hungary ('Az LMP alternatív költségvetési javaslata'). LMP & Ökopolisz Alapítvány, 2012.
The book offers a comprehensive economic policy alternative with detailed financial background calculations for 2012. The conceptual framework is rooted in sustainable human development and integrates economic, environmental and social principles. As an MP I acted as shadow Minister of Finance and edited the book that was also introduced to the Parliament.
Full text available here (in Hungarian).
Green New Deal: Zöld fordulat
An Alternative Budget Proposal for Hungary ('Az LMP alternatív költségvetési javaslata'). LMP, 2011.
The book offers a comprehensive economic policy alternative with detailed financial background calculations for 2011. The conceptual framework is rooted in the idea of the 'Green New Deal' and integrates economic, environmental and social principles. As an MP I acted as shadow Minister of Finance and edited the book that was also introduced to the Parliament.
Globalisation and Development ('Globalizáció és fejlődés')
Critical Development Studies Reader ('Kritikai fejlődéstanulmányok szöveggyűjtemény'), Scheiring, Gábor & Boda, Zsolt (eds.). Új Mandátum, 2011.
This edited volume is the first of its kind in Hungarian. It introduces key thinkers in development studies to the Hungarian audience and is still being used as a reader for courses. I was the principal editor. The book is the outcome of a graduate-level course that we held.
Globalisation and Development at the Semi-Periphery
('Globalizáció és fejlődés a félperifériánán')
Globalisation and development at the semi-periphery: Crisis and alternatives ('Globalizáció és fejlődés a fél-periférián: Válság és alternatívák'), Boda, Zsolt & Scheiring, Gábor (eds.). Új Mandátum, 2011.
This edited volume is a companion to the reader on globalisation and development. It contains the works of critical development scholars working at universities and NGOs in Hungary and the Czech Republic. The chapters offer critical examinations of various facets of East-Central-Europe’s global economic integration.
Ecology and Politics ('Oikosz és Polisz)
Green Political Theory Reader ('Zöld Politikai Filozófiai Szöveggyűjtemény'), Scheiring, Gábor & Jávor, Benedek (eds.)
Budapest, L'Harmattan, 2009.
This edited volume is the first of its kind in Hungarian. It introduces key thinkers in green political theory to the Hungarian audience. I was the principal editor. The book is the outcome of a course that we held at a Hungarian university on the same subject.
Economize Wisely! ('Gazdálkodj okosan')
Economise wisely! The Politics of Privatisation and Public Services (‘Gazdálkodj okosan! A privatizáció és a közszolgáltatások politikája’), Scheiring, Gábor & Boda, Zsolt (eds.) Budapest: Új Mandátum & Védegylet, 2008
This volume takes a critical look at public service privatisation in Hungary, from the perspective of institutionalist economics and human development. It also contains chapters on the WTO’s GATS agreement and its implications for states’ capacity to deliver public services. I edited the book and also contributed several chapters.