MTA-DE Public Service Research Group

About us

The research group is led by Tamás M. Horváth, and it was formed on the 1st of January, 2012. The project implemented by the „MTA– DE Public Service Research Group“ of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and the University of Debrecen.
Our main hypotheses were detailed on provision of public services at different territorial levels of government. There were different aspects, like administrative, property management, financial, public policy and policies of the European Union in this respect. Our basic hypothesis is that significant changes took place in these different fields of functions in the last decade. After the period of privatization a re-municipalisation also spread. Specialities of public property are focused more rigorously than before. After the crises in 2008, government functions increased in provision of public utility services. European policies had to face new challenges in this period. Our analytical studies deal with specification of these general contemporary processes.

Primary research areas:

  • Regulation of public services in the EU;                                                      
  • Models of provision in solid waste management;
  • In-house procurement in public utility and communal services;
  • European models in health services at local and territorial levels;
  • Education as public service at different levels of government;
  • Local provision of public defence in different groups of countries in Europe.

For the description of the project, see: T. M. Horváth (2013) Szempontok a területi közszolgáltatások regulációs változásainak vizsgálatához [Aspects for Analysis of the Regulatory Changes in Local Public Services]. In: T. M. Horváth (ed.) Kilengések. Közszolgáltatási változások [Swings. Changes in Public Service Delivery], Budapest: Dialóg Campus, pp. 9–25.

Head of the research group:
Tamás M. Horváth, DSc, head of department, professor of law


„Területi közszolgáltatások szabályozásai“ [Regulatory Tools for Local Public Services]

Term of the project:

Members of the research group:
Tamás M. Horváth, DSc, group leader CV
Ildikó Bartha, PhD, senior research fellow
Péter Bordás, junior research fellow
Tünde Andrási , technician

pdf Summary of MTA-DE Public Service Research Group’s Studies

Annual report:

Report (2016)
Report (2015)
Report (2014)
Report (2013)
Report (2012)

Recently published books of the research group

Horváth M. Tamás: Magasfeszültség. Városi szolgáltatások, Dialóg Campus, Budapest-Pécs, 2015 [Tamás M. Horváth: High Tension Systems: Urban Services (Dialóg Campus Publishing, Budapest-Pécs, 2015)]

Horváth M. Tamás és Bartha Ildikó (szerk.): Gyűrűk és sugarak – Mit nyújt egy magyar város?, Dialóg Campus, Budapest-Pécs, 2014 [Tamás M. Horváth and Ildikó Bartha (eds.): Rings and Avenues – What Services are Delivered by a Hungarian Town? (Dialóg Campus, Budapest-Pécs, 2014)]

New volume was released on 9 September 2014 with the title “Külön utak. Közfeladatok megoldásai” [Diverse Ways. Delivery of Public Services]. The book presents the findings of an international comparative research carried out by the MTA-DE Research Group as a part of its comprehensive project „Területi közszolgáltatások szabályozásai“ [Regulatory Tools for Local Public Services].