Hartwick’s Oross to Present Next Faculty Lecture

Hartwick College Visiting Fulbright Fellow Dr. Daniel Oross will present “Democratic legitimacy and changing forms of political participation – A case study from Hungary,” the next installment of the 2017-18 Faculty Lecture Series. The event will take place Friday, November 17 at 12:20 p.m. in Eaton Lounge, Bresee Hall, on the College campus. The lecture is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

The primary goal of democratization is to ensure that the people have the right to vote and have a voice in their political system. However, today democratic legitimacy is challenged by citizens’ changing forms of public engagement and participation. There is a growing body of literature stating that citizens today, especially younger generations, seem to prefer participating in the extra-parliamentary realm, in non-hierarchical and informal networks.

By presenting the Hungarian case the lecture adds further arguments to the debate over why competitive elections do not necessarily produce positive outcomes. Although electoral participation became a “ritual form” in Hungary, non-electoral forms of civic participation are low even as compared to other post-communist countries. The lecture aims to reveal how electoral participation is linked to other forms (e.g. non-electoral and online) of participation in the Hungarian context. It argues that dissatisfaction with the way Hungarian democracy works is not independent from the lack of civic participation of Hungarian citizens.

Oross is a political scientist and received his Ph.D. from the Corvinus University of Budapest in 2015. Since 2011, he has been a junior research fellow of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Centre for Social Sciences Institute for Political Sciences. In 2015, as part of the SCIEX fellowship, he spent a year at FORS Swiss Centre of Expertise in the Social Sciences in Lausanne. His research interests are political participation, youth policy, and political socialization.

Throughout the Faculty Lecture Series, Hartwick professors discuss recent research in their fields, focusing on physics, politics, religion, art, economics, biology, psychology, and more. The presentations take place on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays throughout the academic year. The next faculty lecture will take place Wednesday, November 29, 2017 at 12:20 p.m., presented by Visiting Professor of Sociology Dr. Elena Chernyak. Her topic will be “Intimate Partner Violence in the Former Soviet Union Societies: Risk Markers and Protective Factors.”

For more information on the Faculty Lecture Series, contact Associate Professor of Political Science Dr. Amy Forster Rothbart at 607-431-4865 or forsterrotha@hartwick.edu.

Hartwick College is a private liberal arts and sciences college of 1,500 students, located in Oneonta, NY, in the northern foothills of the Catskill Mountains. Hartwick’s expansive curriculum emphasizes an experiential approach to the liberal arts. Through personalized teaching, collaborative research, a distinctive January Term, a wide range of internships, and vast study-abroad opportunities, Hartwick ensures that students are prepared for not just their first jobs, but for the world ahead. A Three-Year Bachelor’s Degree Program and strong financial aid and scholarship offerings keep a Hartwick education affordable.

Contact:     David Lubell
E-mail:       lubelld@hartwick.edu
Phone:        607-431-4031

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