The populational dynamics of government agencies
between 1990 and 2014 Cover Image

Az ügynökség típusú közigazgatási szervezetek populációs dinamikája (1990–2014)
The populational dynamics of government agencies between 1990 and 2014

Author(s): György Hajnal, Sarolta Vida
Subject(s): Governance
Published by: MTA Politikai Tudományi Intézete
Keywords: government agencies; structural dynamics; political cycles; organizational population; organizational transformations

Summary/Abstract: Government agencies are the weightiest components of governmental apparatuses both in size and – at least in the area of policy implementation –signifi cance. Still, research efforts at understanding and explaining the structural dynamics of agencies, the driving forces of their creation, transformation and termination have been modest, especially when it comes to broad scope empirical investigations. Earlier research on this topic established different, partly contradictory claims regarding the forces shaping the landscape of government agencies. The ambition of this study is twofold. Based on an original database covering a broad range and a long time span (1990/1995–2014) of Hungarian government agencies we, fi rstly, give a descriptive account of the dynamics of post-transition Hungary’s agency landscape. Secondly, using quantitative (time series) analysis we test two hypotheses regarding the factors shaping agencies. The fi rst one is whether (longer term) political cycles change the ”political colour” – thus the ideological frame – of governments. This factor proved to be insignifi cant. The second hypothesis relates to shortterm political cycles, including election cycles with no change in the ”political colour” of government as well as changes in cabinets. Contrary to the previous one this factor seems to be a signifi cant force driving Hungarian governments’ administrative policy on agencies.

  • Issue Year: XXVI/2017
  • Issue No: 3
  • Page Range: 23-53
  • Page Count: 31
  • Language: Hungarian