A summary of Hungarian public administration science in the last 25 years has been published in the form of the volume “Hungarian Public Administration and Administrative Law”. The book was introduced to the public on the 30th of October at the Ludovika Campus of NUPS.
The event was opened by Dr. Norbert Kis, Vice-Rector for Continuing Education and International Affairs at NUPS, who reminded that the English publication is the achievement of joint efforts by the National University of Public Service and the Károli Gáspár University of the Reformed Church in Hungary.
The volume, edited by Prof. Dr. András Patyi, Rector of NUPS and Dr. Ádám Rixer, Head of the Department of Public Administration Law at Károli Gáspár University, reflects the work of 23 authors including rectors, members from the Constitutional Court of Hungary and the Curia of Hungary along with several professors, associate professors and academic colleagues. Vice-Rector Kis added that the primary aim of this volume is “to introduce the main developments of the last 25 years in Hungarian public administration and state system to the international – first and foremost academic and professional – circles”.
Professor Iván Halász, Head of the Department of European and Comparative Public Law at NUPS reminded that the aspects of editing were standardized, hence each chapter includes academic and descriptive parts as well as debates. Furthermore, he emphasized that the content of the book can also be practical for experts of other areas, such as constitutional law or minority rights. According to Professor Halász, the volume’s value is increased by the fact that most issues are discussed in a historical context, primarily from the view of the last 25 years, yet the book includes earlier references as well.
Professor Ilona Kovács Pálné, lecturer at the University of Pécs and corresponding member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences pointed out that the volume symbolizes a generational shift, since the authors are mostly younger academicians. She added that the volume is a crucial enterprise in that it provides an opportunity for foreign and domestic experts of public administration to review and understand the contemporary situation. Moreover, she reminded that the volume’s importance also stems from the authors’ and editors’ efforts to thoroughly review the last 25 years of Hungarian public administration science.
Dr. Gábor Baranyai, Governmental Commissioner for the sustainable utilization of natural resources divided by national borders emphasized that the volume has filled a gap in the relevant area of research and reminded that “the Hungarian public administration is essentially of high quality in a European comparison and this book is a practical instrument in all respect to further build on the achievements of public administration science while spreading their news across the world”.
Vice-Rector Kis added that the volume was dedicated to the late Lajos Lőrincz, academician and professor of public law and an internationally renowned expert of public administration science. His intellectual heritage is carried forth by the National University of Public Service and the Károli Gáspár University of the Reformed Church in Hungary.