Attila Gyulai

Attila Gyulai
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Head of Research Department

Senior Research Fellow (TK PTI)
Research Interests

Political theory, democratic theory, political realism, Carl Schmitt, Hungarian political system

Selected Publications

Pócza, K., Papp, Zs., Dobos, G., Gyulai, A., (2023) ’Do constitutional courts restrict government policy? The effects of budgetary implications and bloc-politics in the Hungarian Constitutional Court's decisions between 1990 and 2018’, East European Politics, 39(3), pp. 391-413.

Gyulai, A., Ujlaki, A., (2021) ’The political AI: A realist account of AI regulation’, Információs Társadalom, 21(2), pp. 29-42.

Körösényi, A., Illés, G., Gyulai, A. (2020) The Orbán Regime: Plebiscitary Leader Democracy in the Making. London: Routledge.

Gyulai, A. (2019) ’It’s a fact: the buribunks are the enemies of the political’, Griffith Law Review, 28(2)

Gyulai, A. (2018) ’The Lesson of Carl Schmitt’s Realism: The Autonomy and the Primacy of the Political’, Theoria, 65(155)

Pócza, K., Dobos, G., Gyulai, A., (2018) ’ Courts compared: The practice of constitutional adjudication in Central and Eastern Europe’, In Pócza, K. (ed.) Constitutional Politics and the Judiciary: Decision-making in Central and Eastern Europe, pp. 213-246, New York – London: Routledge.

Pócza, K., Dobos, G., Gyulai, A., (2018) ’How to measure the strength of judicial decisions: a methodological framework’, German Law Journal, 18(6):1557-1586.

Szűcs, ZG., Gyulai, A. (szerk.) (2016) A hatalom ködében: Bevezetés a realista politikaelméletbe, Budapest: L’Harmattan.

Research Projects


Political normativity (NKFIH, 2021 – )

Democracy in the age of identity politics (NKFIH, 2022 – )

Political realism as theory and ideology (MTA Bolyai Scholarship, 2021 – )

Return of the Weberian Leaders (NKFIH 128139, 2018-2022)

JUDICON – Judicial Constraints on Legislation in Central Europe

JUDICON-EU – Judicial Constraints on Legislatures in Europe