“The Hungarian administrative system: from centralization to regionalization and back”, Tamás Szigetvári (IWE CERS, Hungary)

The paper deals with the development of the administrative system in Hungary with a special focus on centralisation and decentralisation processes. The paper considers the historical patterns and the geographical characteristics in Hungary, and their impact on the above processes. It discusses the possibility of regionalisation in in a highly centralised era of the socialist period, the regionalisation processes started during the transition period, and the impact of EU membership on the new structure of regionalism in Hungary. Finally, it presents the most recent changes under the Orbán government towards a stronger centralisation in administration, and its motives.

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