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30 years after the Eastern European transitions it is high time to reappraise the social and political impact of the regime changes. This paper is about how the political science in Hungary institutionalized in 1970s and 1980s. It would be exaggerated to say that politics science or other social sciences in general had a very important role in transition, but at the same time they contributed to creating a regime change atmosphere. The political science in Hungary has been subordinated to politics since the 1980s, that is why despite of adaption of Western European standards it has not developed any critical approaches. The Hungarian political science was integrated as planned into the Socialist-Communist framework from the second half of the 1970s, on the other hand due to the weakening system the scientific elite from other areas of social science constantly widened the boundaries of the system and opened up opportunities for the application of Western political science in Hungary. Political processes overtook political science, and this distance increased after the regime change. I am convinced since the 1970s that political science has been reorganized.
A transcript of lecture held at Openness and Closedness – Culture and Science in Hungary and the Soviet Bloc after Helsinki Conference, 12 June 2019 organized by Institute of Political History, Budapest. http://polhist.hu/programok2/openness-and-closedness-culture-and-science-in-hungary-and-the-soviet-bloc-after-helsinki/