Hajnal-Rosta (2014): The illiberal state on the local level: The doctrinal foundations of subnational governance reforms in Hungary (2010–2014)





EGPA Annual Conference, 10-12 September 2014

Speyer, Germany

EGPA–PSG V / COST-Action IS1207

You can find ResearchGate link here.

The illiberal state on the local level: The doctrinal foundations of subnational governance reforms in Hungary (2010–2014)

 

György HAJNAL[1] and Miklós ROSTA[2]

Draft version, please do not cite

 

Abstract

The study attempts to reveal the doctrinal foundations of Hungary’s sweeping subnational governance reforms (SGRs) having taken place in the 2010-2014 period. In particular, it seeks to answer the questions (i) which one of the most important reform doctrines actual SGRs in Hungary resemble the most, and (ii) what are the idiosyncratic doctrinal features of these reforms, making them substantially different from other, mainstream reform doctrines. On the basis of the analysis of 17 SGR steps in a comparative analytical framework the study concludes, firstly, that Hungary’s reform path substantially diverges from all three major reform paradigms examined – i.e., the New Public Management, New Public Governance, and the Neo-Weberian State. A second conclusion is that this deviation is not of an unintended or accidental nature; rather, it seems to be part of a coherent and rationally pursued vision of (subnational) reforms possibly referred to as “illiberal state”.

 

[1] Corvinus University of Budapest and Institute for Political Science, the Centre for Social Science of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (IPS CSS HAS)

[2] Corvinus University of Budapest


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