Development and Finance from issue 2008/4

Attila Ágh

Development Policies and Multi-level Governance

- Abstract -

JEL O-10

The purpose of the radical institutional reform is to make the transition from government to governance as the development of the wide partnership system of multi-level governance. Only in this way can the internal dynamics of Hungarian society be launched, generating perspectives for convergence with the EU as well as possible scenarios for development. policy. The alternative lying ahead for Hungary - and the new Member States in general - can be summarised as two simultaneous visions at present. On the one hand, the current situation can be judged according to the ‘development' logic of the ‘genetic' approach, which implies that the current institutional deficit is only an inevitable, temporary state, one stop in the development-convergence process, and through convergence Hungary shall become a ‘normal' Western-like Member State. On the other hand, we have the ‘definitive' logic of the systematic approach - also called ‘structural' - which sees the three large European regions - Western, Central and Eastern Europe - as representatives of the long-term historical determination and basic social model, i.e. we shall remain ‘once and for all' a second-class Member State because we are still unable to overcome the historical limitations established over millennia. The Spanish, Finnish and Irish examples promise a successful breakthrough, while the Italian and Greek situations display the long-term burdens of history.


Attila Ágh, DSc, professor of political sciences (Corvinus University of Budapest)

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