The changing significance of class in comparative perspective

NKFIH FK131997



By analysing the latest changes of the Hungarian class structure in European comparison our research project aims at providing a theoretically informed and an empirically well underpinned answer to the following three groups of questions:

  • How has the Hungarian class structure changed after the transition and what are their peculiarities in European comparison? 
  • How open the Hungarian society is in terms of intergenerational social mobility and the heterogeneity of social relations? Can any change be observed?
  • How strong the effect of class position is on different terrains of social life? To what extent does the social position of individuals determine their life chances, living conditions and socio-political attitudes in Hungary compared to the other European countries? Has it changed over time?


The questions that our research raises are important questions of classical sociology. Important questions, however, that we can not answer clearly based on our current knowledge. The purpose of our research project is to fill this gap.

Project leader: Huszár Ákos (TK SZI)

Project Participants: Karolina Balogh (CSS), Dávid Erát (University of Pécs), Márton Gerő (CSS), Anikó Gregor (Eötvös Loránd University), Johanna Giczi (Hungarian Central Statistical Office), Ágnes Győri (CSS), Endre Sik (CSS), Zoltán Vastagh