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Hungarian International Development Cooperation: Context, Stakeholders and Performance

Szent-Iványi, Balázs (2012) Hungarian International Development Cooperation: Context, Stakeholders and Performance. Perspectives on European Politics and Society, 13 (1). pp. 50-65. DOI 10.1080/15705854.2011.649168

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Abstract

This paper explores the domestic and international context of Hungary's emerging international development policy. Specifically, it looks at three factors that may influence how this policy operates: membership in the European Union (EU) and potential ‘Europeanization’, Hungary's wider foreign policy strategy, and the influence of domestic stakeholders. In order to uncover how these factors affect the country's international development policy, semi-structured interviews were carried out with the main stakeholders. The main conclusions are: (1) While accession to the EU did play a crucial role in restarting Hungary's international development policy, the integration has had little effect since then; (2) international development policy seems to serve mainly Hungary's regional strategic foreign policy and economic interests, and not its global development goals; and (3) although all the domestic development stakeholders are rather weak, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) still seems to play a dominating role. Convergence with European requirements and best practices is, therefore, clearly hindered by foreign policy interests and also by the weakness of non- governmental stakeholders.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Hungary, international development cooperation, foreign aid, emerging donors, Europeanization
Subjects:International relations
Economic development
Projects:TÁMOP-4.2.1.B-09/1/KMR-2010-0005
DOI:10.1080/15705854.2011.649168
ID Code:687
Deposited By: Ádám Hoffmann
Deposited On:18 Jun 2012 13:55
Last Modified:18 Jun 2012 13:55

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