“Hungary: Leveraging political influence”, András Deák and Csaba Weiner (IWE, Hungary)

András Deák, Csaba Weiner: Hungary: Leveraging political influence. In Shentov, O., Stefanov, R. and Vladimirov, M. (Eds.) The Russian Economic Grip on Central and Eastern Europe. (Routledge-Contemporary Russia and Eastern Europe Series) Abingdon and New York: Routledge.

Part Two: The National Specifics of Russian Economic Influence and State Capture2.3. Hungary: Leveraging Political Influence – Andras Deak and Csaba Weiner

This book is about the use of economic and state capture levers for achieving political clout. It details how Moscow has been able to exploit governance deficits and influence decision-making in the countries of Central and Eastern Europe through a range of economic means. The comparative country by country perspective on Russia’s corporate presence, trade, and investment in particular sectors of the region, especially energy, shows the patterns of the Kremlin’s use of economic presence and state capture tactics to amplify political and social leverage. By collating economic data with an analysis of governance loopholes and the political process, the authors reveal the Kremlin’s methods for swaying national policies, especially through the exploitation of governance failures in these countries. The book thereby highlights how Russia’s economic power is related to its wider strategic goals. It concludes that Russia’s economic grip, both direct and indirect, is tighter than official statistics imply.

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