Unorthodoxy at work: An assessment of Hungary’s post-2010 governance reforms

Hajnal, György (2014) Unorthodoxy at work: An assessment of Hungary’s post-2010 governance reforms. NISPAcee, Bratislava. ISBN 978-80-89013-72-2

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Unorthodoxy is a term frequently used by the current Hungarian government to describe its approach to policy making and, more generally, to transforming governance. The “strong state” vision underlying their ambition has, since their getting into power in 2010, manifested in a lengthy series of sweeping institutional and policy reforms, and of domestic and international conflicts. Attention has so far been focused on the indeed radically changing institutional landscape, the constitutional reforms and their possibly adverse effects on such fundamental features of the polity as the functioning of checks and balances, individual rights, democracy and rule of law, and social inclusion. The broad ambition of this paper is to move beyond this institutional level of analysis and to examine whether, and if yes to what extent and in what sense, this transformative vision of unorthodoxy reached the day-to-day making and management of policies. The research takes a comparative perspective both in time and across countries, relying on a questionnaire survey of senior executives in 16 European countries. Quantitative evidence is supplemented by and contrasted with qualitative data gained from key stakeholders of public sector reforms in Hungary.

Item Type: Book
Subjects: H Social Sciences / társadalomtudományok > H Social Sciences (General) / társadalomtudomány általában
J Political Science / politológia > JA Political science (General) / politológia általában
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Date Deposited: 22 Jan 2015 13:06
Last Modified: 22 Jan 2015 13:06

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