Hungarian international development cooperation: context, stakeholders and performance

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)50-65
Number of pages16
JournalPerspectives on European Politics and Society
Issue number1
Early online date8 Feb 2012
Publication statusPublished - 2012

Bibliographical note

This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Perspectives on European Politics and Society on 8/2/12, available online:


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