MTA Law Working Papers

A Jogtudományi Intézet műhelytanulmányai

Nóra Chronowski: Dignity and solidarity – lost in transition. The case of Hungary

Dignity and solidarity are interrelated values, however social solidarity is somehow underdeveloped as a constitutional value. The paper reveals the substance of solidarity as a constitutional value and explains how effective protection of human dignity may trigger the enforcement of social security rights. For this purpose it analyses the more or less good practice of the Hungarian Constitutional Court before 2010. The illiberal Hungarian turn and the afterwards constitutional developments of the last seven years, however, enables us to learn what happens if the Constitutional Court literally interprets a non-solidary constitutional text and becomes the servant of a miserly governmental social policy.