Approaches to the cultural policy issues of the Kádár-era

The author who was involved personally in the cultural policy of the Kadar-era, linking to the writings carried by our paper's previous issue, tries to pro­vide an objective analysis of that cultural policy. Proceeding from sub-era to sub-era he shows that it was characterised by successive waves. He calls attention to the asynchronity of the policy as a whole and cultural po­licy and the tensions stemming in the role of culture of having been a valve. He points out that when evaluating the period, it is impossible to think in black and white terms: the results and regressions were inseparable in the cultural performance of the age. He makes an attempt to evaluate the role played by György Aczél (and to some extent of Janos Kadar) and discus­ses those features of the age in the field of culture which led to the collapse and the preparations for the change of system ending the Kadar-era.