Ongoing projects

COST Action IS 1207: Local Public Sector Reforms: An International Comparison

In the current comparative research concerning public sector modernization, the local level analysis of government is blatantly absent. Databases on local public sector reforms are fragmented, incomparable, incoherent, nationally scattered and confined in their methodological approach.

This Action is intended to remedy those deficits. It will generate coherent data bases for systematic comparison with a view to streamlining analytical approaches and synthesizing research outcomes using methodological triangulation (qualitative/quantitative techniques).

The Action will provide a platform for establishing a new set of comparative (descriptive, explanatory, and evaluative) knowledge on local public sector reforms and for integrating the fragmented research activities in this neglected area of investigation. It aims to enhance the scope of the conceptual foundations as well as the methodological rigour of comparative public administration.

The Action will prepare the basis for a systematic evaluation of local public sector reforms within a European scale of comparison. Action activities will yield policy relevant knowledge concerning local reform measures from a European perspective, which can then be utilized to improve policy making for future public sector modernization.

For more information click here or send an email to the research director, György Hajnal.

The structural dynamics of Hungarian central government agencies (Hungarian Academy of Sciences - OTKA Fund K106333)

The research seeks to describe and understand how post-transition Hungary’s central government agencies were, and are, created and (re-)structured.

The research builds on the results of an earlier, larger international research project funded by the ESF COST Action. It is integrated into both on-going and emerging research cooperation among prominent European and non-European scholars (e.g. the COBRA network) and into the emerging public policy research framework of the host institution HAS CS.

Our ambition is (i) to enhance existing knowledge by testing various theoretical propositions on agencies’ such features as their formal-structural design, policy/bureaucratic autonomy, political control, and politicisation, and (ii) to develop and test new hypotheses on the interrelationships between these key dimensions.

OTKA 105552: "Legal Culture in Hungary - Theory and empirical research"

The three year research project, funded by the Hungarian Research and Development Fund (OTKA) started in October 2012. 

First, we form a frame of research based on the overview of various approaches towards the issue, especially those that may be relevant for the specificity of the country (and the region). Based on the conceptual framework we attempt to measure citizens of Hungary know the legal regulations that they should follow.

We also try to understand how people and various social groups think and feel about laws and the government creating and implementing these laws. First of all, we are interested in how much ordinary people are ready to follow or infringe legal rules. There has not been research in this field for decades, so a historical comparison of data may yield additional relevant research outcome.

Research director & Principal investigator: Gyorgy Gajduschek

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