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Multilevel Governance

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Code: 4KO03NBK20M
Name: Multilevel Governance
Number of hours per semester: 56
Credits: 6
Fall/Spring: Fall
Language: English
Prerequisites: -
Course type: compulsory
Department: Összehasonlító és Intézményi Gazdaságtan Tanszék
A Course leader: Rosta Miklós

Course description: The attendance on the seminars is compulsory. Those students, who miss more than three seminars during the semester, cannot fulfil the requirements of the course. During the semester students in group of three are going to take part in Oxford debates about the topics of the course. Every group should prepare for all the debates, the instructor of the seminar will choose the two participating groups at the beginning of each seminars. The instructor will evaluate the performance of the participating groups. All groups should be prepared and search and process additional literature for each theme.

Assessment, grading: At the end of the semester the students write a final exam from the mandatory readings of the course.
20% - short exams, 15% - presentation, 65% - final exam

Aims and objectives and description of the course: 1. MLG introduction
2. Centralization –Decentralization
3. Democratic deficit in the European Union
4. Employment policy
5. Energy policy and environment
6. Migration Policy in the European Union and in Hungary
7. Public services delivery. Case: Health care system
8. NG – decision making process at national level (in Hungary)
Roma integration or social inclusion / poverty
9. Bankunion
10. Corruption
11. Innovation policy
12. Global Issues: Terrorism

The students must prepare from the literature given for every week. They will write a short exam from the compulsory reading at the beginning of each seminars. In the seminars one group of students (max. 2-3 students per group) deepens into the topic of the week (read the compulsory paper of the given week and try to collect other relevant articles as well) and makes a 30 mins presentation. After the presentation the whole group - together with the professor - makes a debate on the specific topic. During the lectures I will present some of the other papers listed in this syllabus. The aim of the lectures are to broaden the knowledge of the students and show them the necessary approaches how to elaborate social questions.

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Compulsory readings:

  • Piattoni, S. (2010). The theory of multi-level governance. Oxford University Press. I. part.
  • Pierre, J., & Peters, B. G. (2004). Multi-level governance and democracy: a Faustian bargain? Bache, I. & Flinders, M.(eds). Multi-level Governance. Oxford University Press, Ch. 5.
  • Liesbet Hooghe and Gary Marks. 2003. Unraveling the Central State, but How? Types of Multi-Level Governance. The American Political Science Review, Vol. 97, No. 2, pp. 233-243.
  • Stephenson, P. (2013). Twenty years of multi-level governance:‘Where does it come from? What is it? Where is it going?’. Journal of European public policy, 20(6), 817-837.
  • Pranab Bardhan [2002]: Decentralization of Governance and Development. The Journal of Economic Perspectives, Vol. 16, No. 4, pp. 185-205.
  • Hayek, F. A. (1945): The Use of Knowledge in a Society. The American Economic Review, Vol. 35, No. 4, pp. 519-530.
  • Moravcsik, A (2002): In Defence of the 'Democratic Deficit': Reassessing Legitimacy in the European Union. Journal of Common Market Studies 40(4), pp. 603-624
  • Börzel, T. A., & Risse, T. (2018). From the euro to the Schengen crises: European integration theories, politicization, and identity politics. Journal of European Public Policy, 25(1), 83-108.
  • Amy Verdun & Jonathan Zeitlin (2018) Introduction: the European Semester as a new architecture of EU socioeconomic governance in theory and practice, Journal of European Public Policy, 25:2, 137-148
  • Homsy, G. C., Liu, Z., & Warner, M. E. (2018). Multilevel Governance: Framing the Integration of Top-Down and Bottom-Up Policymaking. International Journal of Public Administration, 1-11.
  • Kuhlmann, S., & Wollmann, H. (2014). Introduction to Comparative Public Administration: Administrative Systems and Reforms in Europe. Edward Elgar Publishing. 2. chapter
  • Castles, S. (2010). Understanding global migration: A social transformation perspective. Journal of ethnic and migration studies, 36(10), 1565-1586.
  • National Social Inclusion Strategy – Extreme Poverty, Child Poverty, the Roma – (2011–2020)
  • http://romagov.kormany.hu/download/5/58/20000/Strategy%20-%20HU%20-%20EN.PDF
  • http://romagov.kormany.hu/download/6/58/20000/Strategy%20Action%20Plan.PDF
  • http://romagov.kormany.hu/download/7/58/20000/Annex%201.PDF
  • http://romagov.kormany.hu/download/8/58/20000/Annex%202.PDF
  • Downs, A. (1957). An Economic Theory of Political Action in a Democracy. Journal of Political Economy, Vol. 65, No. 2, pp. 135-150.
  • Mérő, K., & Piroska, D. (2017). Policy Diffusion, Policy Learning and Local Politics: Macroprudential Policy in Hungary and Slovakia. Europe-Asia Studies, 69(3), 458-482.
  • Jancsics, D., & Jávor, I. (2012). Corrupt governmental networks. International Public Management Journal, 15(1), 62-99.
  • Rothstein, B. (2009). Creating political legitimacy electoral democracy versus quality of government. American Behavioral Scientist, 53(3), 311-330.

Recommended readings:

  • Stoker, G. (1998). Governance as theory: five propositions. International social science journal, 50(155), 17-28.
  • Zakaria, F. (1997). The rise of illiberal democracy. Foreign affairs, 22-43.
  • Csillag, T., & Szelényi, I. (2015). Drifting from Liberal Democracy: Traditionalist/Neoconservative Ideology of Managed, Illiberal, Democratic Capitalism in Post-Communist Europe. Intersections: East European Journal of Society and Politics, 1(1), 18-48.
  • Vahabi, M. 2016. A positive theory of the predatory state. Public Choice, 1-23.
  • Prud'Homme, R. (1995). The dangers of decentralization. The World Bank Research Observer, 10(2), 201-220.
  • Kornai, J. (2012). Centralization and the capitalist market economy in Hungary. CESifo Forum, 13(4), 47-59.
  • Martinez‐Vazquez, J., Lago‐Peñas, S., & Sacchi, A. (2017). The impact of fiscal decentralization: a survey. Journal of Economic Surveys, 31(4), 1095-1129.
  • Moravcsik, A. (2004), Is there a ‘Democratic Deficit’ in World Politics? A Framework for Analysis. Government and Opposition, 39: 336–363
  • DeBardeleben, J., & Hurrelmann, A. (Eds.). (2007). Democratic dilemmas of multilevel governance: legitimacy, representation and accountability in the European Union. Palgrave Macmillan. I. part, (3 chapters)
  • Majone, G (1998): Europe's 'Democratic Deficit': The Question of Standards'. European Law Journal, 4(1) pp. 5-28.
  • Follesdal, A - Hix, S (2005): Why There is a Democratic Deficit in the EU: A Response to Majone and Moravcsik. EUGOV European Governance Papers No. C-05-02
  • Marks, G., Hooghe, L., & Blank, K. (1996). European Integration from the 1980s: State‐Centric v. Multi‐level Governance*. JCMS: Journal of Common Market Studies, 34(3), 341-378.
  • Heisenberg D. (2005). The institution of ‘consensus’ in the European Union: Formal versus informal decision-making in the Council. European Journal Of Political Research. 44(1) pp. 65-90.
  • Tiebout, Charles M. "A Pure Theory of Local Expenditures." Journal of Political Economy, 64 (1956): 416-24.
  • Hajnal, G., & Rosta, M. (2016). A New Doctrine in the Making? Doctrinal Foundations of Sub-National Governance Reforms in Hungary (2010-2014). Administration & Society, 0095399715626202.
  • Oates, W. E. (1968): The Theory of Public Finance in a Federal System. The Canadian Journal of Economics, Vol. 1, No. 1, pp. 37-54.
  • Heinelt, Hubert – Hlepas, Nikolaos-K. [2006]: Typologies of Local Government Systems. In: Bäck, Henry – Heinelt, Hubert – Magnier, Annick (ed.): The European Mayor. Political Leaders int he Changing Context of Local Democracy, VS Verlag für Socalwissenschaften, Wiesenbaden, pp. 21-42.
  • Lidström, Anders [1999]: The Comparative Study of Local Government Systems – A Research Agenda. Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis: Research and Practice, 1 (1), pp. 97–115.
  • Oates, W. E. [1999]: An Essay on Fiscal Federalism. Journal of Economic Literature, Vol. 37, No. 3, pp. 1120-1149.
  • Hirschman, A. O. (1978): Exit, Voice, and the State. World Politics, Vol. 31, No. 1, 90-107
  • Barry R. Weingast [2014]: Second Generation Fiscal Federalism: Political Aspects of Decentralization and Economic Development. World Development, Volume 53, pp. 14-25
  • Hooghe, M., & de Vroome, T. (2015). How does the majority public react to multiculturalist policies? A comparative analysis of European countries. American Behavioral Scientist, 59(6), 747-768.
  • Hepburn E and Zapata-Barrero R (eds) (2014) The Politics of Immigration in Multi-Level States. Houndmills, Basingstoke: Palgrave/MacMillan.
  • Méró, K., & Piroska, D. (2016). Banking Union and banking nationalism—Explaining opt-out choices of Hungary, Poland and the Czech Republic. Policy and Society, 35(3), 215-226.
  • Innes, A. (2014). The political economy of state capture in central Europe. JCMS: Journal of Common Market Studies, 52(1), 88-104
  • Bartha, Attila (2014). Lifting the Lid on Lobbying: National Report of Hungary. Lobbying in an uncertain Business and Regulatory Environment. Transparency International, Budapest, http://www.transparency.hu/uploads/docs/lobbi2014_web_eng.pdf
  • Schmidt, V. A. (2013). Democracy and legitimacy in the European Union revisited: Input, output and ‘throughput’. Political Studies, 61(1), 2-22.
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