PPP: past, presence and prospects

  • 2016/10/09
  • Kutatócsoport4

Public Private Partnership in infrastructure development divides politicians, economists and social scientists, as well. The recent hostility towards PPPs could be reversed by introducing new fiscal rules and regulatory techniques. However, these public financial management methods will work only if the political and governance environment is able to use them effectively. Read more... (Gábor Péteri)

Regionalisation and competition – Finnish social and health care reform

  • 2016/09/23
  • Kutatócsoport4

In Finland, the last Governments have very clearly recognized huge need for reforms in social and health care sector. Mr Juha Sipilä’s current Government has prepared the latest reply to the old challenge: over 800 pages of new legislation draft, issued in the end of June 2016. Markku Mölläri's article explains the key issues of the government proposal. Read more...


  • 2016/09/21
  • Kutatócsoport2

State aid: Commission opens in-depth investigation into Poland's tax on the retail sector. The Commission has opened an in-depth investigation into a Polish tax on the retail sector. The Commission has concerns that the progressive rates based on turnover give companies with a low turnover a selective advantage over their competitors in breach of EU state aid rules. Read more...

From handicraft to local council - Women empowerment in Armenia

  • 2016/09/02
  • Kutatócsoport4

Armenia is a country of long-standing traditions where prevalent social perceptions often associate women primarily with the private and family spheres thus limiting their opportunities for self-realization in public and political aspects of life. This note examines the main challenges and efforts have been made in the country to improve women's political participation and representation in decision-making positions. Read more... (Liana Aghabekyan)

Decentralization in Eastern Europe: grab the moment!

  • 2016/08/25
  • Kutatócsoport4

Despite the drastic political changes in some Central European countries, local governments are still in the focus of public sector reforms in the broader region. Decentralisation has many faces: countries follow different patterns by sub-regions and in a single country also the devolution methods are transforming with time. This note will examine the recent reform waves in the East European region. Read more... (Gábor Péteri)

From formalism to merit: civil service reform in Romania

  • 2016/08/14
  • Kutatócsoport4

After its accession to the European Union on 1st January 2007, one of the most important objectives of Romania has been the convergence with the rest of EU members not only in nominal terms, but also in real ones: competitiveness, wealth, poverty reduction, institutional capacity. Almost ten years after EU accession, we can say that significant progress has been realized in many areas, but in terms of institutional capacity Romania is facing the opposite of convergence: the divergence. Read more... (Victor Giosan)