IDEA Institute
About Us

The associates of IDEA Institute aim to provide new impulses for institutions and communities safeguarding liberal democracy and political pluralism; to promote value-based action and thinking in daily political activities as well as to facilitate the quest for and openness to the democratic experience.

We do not believe in the end of ideology, history or politics. We do not follow the order of objectivity and we reject the distrust in politics. Conversely, we believe in politics as a matrix of principle-based values, constructive ideas and critical thinking. Consequently, IDEA institute also aims to be instrumental in rethinking progressive policies with its analyses, discussions, research projects and policy recommendations.

We believe that political thinking and activism must never be driven by fear. Instead, they should be based on openly declared values and moral positions that are the only guarantee for the sense of security we need more now than ever before. IDEA Institute upholds and represents these values in all areas of its activity, such as political and democracy theories, economic and social policy issues, political analysis or communication consulting.

Instead of chasing rainbows in the market, the associates of IDEA Institute offer general and specific political or communication alternatives for those who consider liberal democracy, the minimization of social inequalities, transparency and politics as part of a practical, responsible and value-based political activity rather than abstract categories or a mere collection of data.


Balázs Böcskei

Political scientist, analyst, research director of IDEA Institute. He works as a lecturer at Department of International and Political Studies at Milton Friedman University. He is an assistant research fellow at the Institute of Political Science, Centre for Social Sciences and a doctoral student at the Political Science Institute of ELTE University’s Faculty of Law. He is the author of many articles and academic publications as well as the editor of several collections of scientific essays and a regular analyst at Hungarian political television and radio programmes. He is specialized in political communication, post-modern politics, contemporary leftist strategies and populism.