The View from the Top
Edited by Gerhard Hammerschmid, Steven Van de Walle, Rhys Andrews and Philippe Bezes
Chapter 9: New wine in new bottles? Assessing Hungary’s post-2010 public administration reforms
The changes to the machinery of Hungary’s government having taken place since the landslide election victory of Orbán’s centre-right party formation at the 2010 parliamentary elections are indeed fundamental. The ‘strong state’ vision underlying the reform strife of the years since 2010 has manifested itself in a lengthy series of sweeping institutional and policy reforms, as well as in a series of domestic and international conflicts. Attention so far has been focused on the radically changing institutional landscape, the constitutional reforms and their potentially adverse effects on such fundamental features of polity as the functioning of checks and balances, individual rights, democracy, rule of law and social inclusion. The major ambition and contribution 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 has reached the day-to-day making and management of policies within public administration.
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