Figure 10. Structure of the Country Committee Apparatus, 1986
Source: Based on information from Hans-Georg Heinrich, Hungary:
Politics, Economics, and Society, Boulder, Colorado, 1986, 55.
Intermediate party institutions embraced organs on the
and district levels. The structure of the party on these
resembled that on the national level. In principle, at
the most authoritative body was the conference, which was
attended by delegates from lower levels. These conferences
place every two years to review reports, discuss the
of the government and party bodies under their
elect a party committee. The conference also elected
the conference at the next highest level. District
thus selected delegates to the county party conference,
county party conference elected delegates to the party
If a Basic Organization had more than 1,500 members, it
delegates directly to the county party conference. In
party leadership at each level nominated the delegates,
party conferences merely confirmed these nominations.
Between meetings of the conferences, the party
constituted the highest authority on the district and
levels. The committees on the county level met every three
months, and those on the district level met every two
These committees chose a bureau and a secretariat to
affairs of their jurisdictions between committee meetings.
bureaus consisted of the first secretary, the head of the
or district government, and specialists in industry,
agriculture, and youth and ideology. The first secretary
level was the most powerful official in the jurisdiction.
The secretariat of the county and district party
coordinated and supervised the implementation of party
in the party bureaucracy and the government
secretaries and the bureaus answered to their respective
conferences and committees, but they also received
from the organs above them, particularly the Secretariat
Central Committee. However, the primary duty of the
districtlevel apparatus was to supervise the Basic Organizations.
apparatus also approved the admission and expulsion of
the Basic Organizations.
Data as of September 1989