Hungary: Reforming the State Territorial Administration

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This review focuses on the objectives and direction of the State Territorial Administration Reform (STAR) that the Government of Hungary launched in 2010. It provides an evidence-based evaluation of the current state of the reform and identifies steps that can be taken to improve territorial-administration governance and improve service delivery. The review presents practical recommendations to strengthen the structures, processes and resources of the territorial state administration, including opportunities for co-ordination and collaboration between the central, territorial and local self-government administration.



Foreword and acknowledgements

Governments need to respond to an ever-broader range of interconnected fiscal, economic, social and political challenges. Responding to these challenges requires a “Strategic State” approach that emphasises leadership and stewardship from the centre, integrity and transparency, the importance of networks and institutions (both inside and outside government), the need to draw inspiration from sub-national initiatives and citizens, and, crucially, effective implementation of strategies and policies in support of positive outcomes and impacts for a country’s economy and society. A “Strategic State” can support policies and programmes for growth and well-being and build trust in the capacity of governments to deliver for citizens and businesses.


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