Reforms, restrictions and the authority system of the environment  Cover Image

Reformok, megszorítások és a környezetvédelem hatósági rendszere
Reforms, restrictions and the authority system of the environment

Author(s): Krisztina Németh, Benedek Jávor
Subject(s): Politics / Political Sciences
Published by: MTA Politikai Tudományi Intézete

Summary/Abstract: One of the central messages of the last one and a half governmental cycles was the smaller, cheaper, more effective state, and the necessary reforms aiming at its achievement. Most of the transformations in favor of this change affected the public administration sector. However, during the process clear statements about the aim of the reform were not communicated by the government, excepting the necessary decrease of the budget deficit. Clearance of the basic expectations concerning the professional performance of the public administration system was also missing. Our study targeted at a particularly intensively reformed public administration sector, the environmental, nature conservation and water management authorities (“green authorities”). The area was outstandingly interesting as the reforms were accompanied by harsh resistance of and conflicts with environmental NGOs. In a former publication (Jávor-Németh, 2007) we analyzed processes and phenomena in the 2003-2007 period. Time since then was also an eventful era: two ministerial changes, and - according to our study - a twofold deviation of the strategies characterized institutional and political environment of the green authorities. The consequences: disarrangement of the work in the authorities, and partial or total slip of the potentially positive opportunities brought by the reform.

  • Issue Year: 2008
  • Issue No: 3
  • Page Range: 35-60
  • Page Count: 26
  • Language: Hungarian