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IPS HAS conducts theoretical, empirical and comparative research primarily in the field of political science and related social sciences, e.g. philoso
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The Institute for Political Science of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences is the major Hungarian research institute for studying political science. It conducts theoretical, empirical and comparative research primarily in the field of political science and related social sciences. Its activities are characterised by a marked inter- and multidisciplinary approach. Its 40 highly qualified research fellows, leading political scientists, study political life in Hungary, describe and interpret the main social and political trends.
Political behaviour being the most diverse area of political science, the Department for Political Behaviour (DPB) is the most colourful one in the Institute for Political Science. We study the non institutional aspects of politics and use our specific methods in the analysis of political institutions. DPB is also heavily involved in empirical studies. The main fields and topics of our research are the following:
• Political attitudes and values with special emphasis on the participation in European Social Survey (ESS; www.europeansocialsurvey.org).
The researchers of the Department analyse the ESS data and manage the Hungarian part of the ESS activities.
• Political communication. Campaigns, government communication, media and online political communication.
• Elections studies. Participation in the Hungarian Election Study programme (www.valasztaskutatas.hu)
• Research on political parties
•Civil society and social movements
• Globalization, European political tendencies
Although different kinds of policy research have long been part of the activity of the Institute, they did not belong to a specific department or research team. The Department of Government and Public Policy was created in order to integrate those researches. Policy research is relatively underdeveloped in the Hungarian political science, and the Department aims at becoming a center of excellence in the field. We believe that policy science is both important in theoretical terms, and relevant from a practical perspective. The main objective of the Department is to conduct empirical research on the Hungarian policy process as well as to contribute to the development of concepts and theories of policy science.
The current research themes of the Department are as follows:
• analysing the factors that determine governing capabilities and government performance
the role of public trust in effective policy making
• participation and governance in policy making: new ways of governing
• analysing New Public Management and public management reforms
• problems of local and regional development
• the political economy of power delegation to independent bodies.
The Department of Democracy and Political Theory contributes to the understanding of the actual operation, normative and critical interpretation of Hungarian (and European) democracy, beyond their description. These are the main tasks of the department, focusing on:
• Empirical, normative and analytical democracy theories;
• The relationship between government and civil society;
• Constitution, representational governance and its institutions;
• The issues of the delegation of executive power;
• The democratic control and accountability of the government and politicians;
• The relations of democracy and governance.
The department also conducts research on the transitions between democracies and authoritarian regimes, and the relations of the institution system and performance.
Reference EU Framework Projects:
EXNOTA: Exit from and non-take-up of public services. A comparative analysis: France, Greece, Spain, Germany, Netherlands, Hungary
CORASON: A cognitive approach to rural sustainable development - dynamics of expert and lay knowledges.
SPREW: General Approach to the Social Patterns of Relation to Work,
EURO-JUSTIS: Scientific Indicators of Confidence in Justice: Tools for Policy Assessment,
GILDED: Governance, Infrastructure, Lifestyle Dynamics and Energy Demand: European Post-Carbon Communities,
WALQUING: Work and Life Quality in New and Growing Jobs,
|Project Title||Governance, Infrastructure, Lifestyle Dynamics and Energy Demand: European Post-Carbon Communities|
|Coordinator||The Macaulay Institute, Aberdeen, Scotland|
|Project Title||Work and Life Quality in New and Growing Jobs|
|Project Title||Scientific Indicators of Confidence in Justice: Tools for Policy Assessment|
|Coordinator||King’s College London, UK|
|Project Title||A cognitive approach to rural sustainable development - dynamics of expert and lay knowledges|
|Coordinator||Trinity College Dublin, Ireland|
|Project Title||The dynamics of national employment models|
|Project Title||Encouraging Collective Farmers Marketing Initiatives|
|Coordinator||Wageningen University, Rural Sociology Group|