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.


Zoltán Vasali

Having graduated as a historian and political scientist from ELTE University, he studied theology at Pázmány Péter Catholic University’s Faculty of Theology and human ecology at ELTE University’s Faculty of Law. He started his teaching career at the Political Studies Department of ELTE University’s Faculty of Humanities, and continued at ELTE University’s Faculty of Social Sciences. Currently he is a lecturer at Milton Friedman University. He has worked as an analyst for several institutes. He is specialized in analyzing the Hungarian adaptation of EU Policies. In the past decade he has been actively involved in designing urban development concepts, as well as planning and monitoring energy policies and environmental projects. Due to his activities as a lecturer, he regularly evaluates the public political achievements of the Hungarian government, the EU and the key NGOs. As an industrial analyst and communication advisor, he has helped the work of various market.