Department of Government and Public Policy


Policy studies represents a theoretically important area of political science, as well as one with momentous significance from a practical perspective. Extending beyond political science, policy studies builds on knowledge from public administration, organizational theory, legal studies, and economics. The establishment of the Department of Government and Public Policy was a response to the limited research on policy studies within Hungarian political science. As the leading research center in the field, the Institute for Political Science has a duty and responsibility to assist in the advancement of policy studies. For this reason, the Department’s most crucial endeavor is the analysis of the Hungarian policy process in light of the most recent developments in public policy.

The members of the department specifically study the theoretical and practical dimensions of governance, such as governments and legislative affairs, the politics of public administration and policy analysis, the decisive factors for government performance and the study of the political factors influencing policy change. Additional areas that the work of the department emphasizes include: new governing approaches and trends (participatory aspects, populism, new public management), evaluations of elements of the policy cycle (agenda setting, decision making and implementation challenges), and related topical, regional, and historical subjects (regional inequality and regional development, education and social policy, migration).

The Department’s researchers engage in comparative research projects in addition to the analysis of Hungarian public policy (for example, the Hungarian Comparative Agendas Project), projects evaluating European Union integration (EP representatives, the Europeanization of Hungarian public policy, EU development policy), and participation in international research networks on the political economy of the East-Central European region, as well as global political economy.


Department Chair: Miklós SEBŐK


Members of the Department:





Zsolt BODA

Ferenc BÓDI


Marianna KOPASZ






Academic publications from 2017 (non-comprehensive list)

Békés, Csaba: The Long Détente and the Soviet Bloc, 1953–1983. In Oliver Bange, Poul Villaume (eds.) The Long Détente. Changing concepts of security and cooperation in Europe, 1950s-1980s. Central European University Press, Budapest–New York, 2017, p. 31-49.

Boda, Zsolt – Medve-Bálint, Gergő. (2017). How perceptions and personal contact matter: The individual-level determinants of trust in police in Hungary. Policing and Society, 27(7), p. 732–749.

Bódi, Ferenc – Savova, Ralitsa. (2017) Supply and Demand in Elementary Education in Hungary between 1988 and 2014. In. Ledvai, L. & Keresztes-Takács, O. & Csereklye, E. (eds.) Mobilities Transition, Transformations. Intercultural Education at the Crossroads.   International Association for Intercultural Education (IAIE), Institute of Intercultural Psychology and Education (IIPE), Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, (p. 253-274)

Makszin, Kristin – Kemmerling, Achim: "When does Policy Diffusion Affect Policy Instability? Cases of Excessive Policy Volatility in Welfare Policies in Eastern Europe." In Policy Experiments, Failures and Innovations: After Accession In Central and Eastern Europe. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing. 2018.

Medve-Bálint, Gergő. (2017). Funds for the Wealthy and the Politically Loyal? How EU funds may contribute to increasing regional disparities in East Central Europe. In J. Bachtler, S. Hardy, P. Berkowitz, & T. Muravska (Eds.), EU Cohesion Policy: Reassessing Performance and Direction (pp. 220–240). London; New York: Routledge.

Sebők, Miklós – Molnár, Csaba – Kubik, Bálint György: Exercising control and gathering information: the functions of interpellations in Hungary (1990–2014). Journal of Legislative Studies, 2017/4. p. 1-19.


Academic publications from 2016 (non-comprehensive list)

Békés, Csaba: Hungary, the Soviet Bloc, the German question and the CSCE Process, 1965-1975. Journal of Cold War Studies, 18(3): p. 95-138

Bíró-Nagy, András: Central European MEPs and Their Roles. World Political Science Review, 12(1): 147-174.

Bíró-Nagy, András – Boros, Tamás: Jobbik going mainstream. Strategy shift of the far-right in Hungary. In: Jamin, Jerome (ed.): L’extreme droite en Europe. Bruylant: Brüsszel, p. 243-263.

Hajnal, György: Illiberal or simply unorthodox? Public Administration education in Hungary: A comparative perspective. Teaching Public Administration (online first). Vol 34, Issue 2, 2016.