The use of space and public administration: analysis of the reorganization of local government

HETFA Research Institute conducted an analysis for the National Institute of Public Administration between March and September, 2011 on the social and spatial effects of the establishment and the assignment of centres and boundaries of the new public administration districts.

Through the research our aim was to contribute to the establishment of local administration districts, which are

  • in harmony with the actual habits regarding the use of space and with local identity;
  • based on careful consideration of the Hungarian historical traditions and the European practices;
  • operating more efficiently, more proficiently, and on a higher quality compared to the present system;
  • in compliance with the country’s economic development and the population’s income level, and providing easily and cheaply accessible, integrated office routine.

During our work the following aspects were examined:

  • Hungarian historical traditions of the local government;
  • results of current researches regarding the reorganization and European tendencies;
  • habit of the population regarding the use of space and its local identity;
  • expectations of stakeholders for the introduction of the new public administration districts;
  • potential locations of district centres, and optimal density of districts, depending on their functions.

The analysis was conducted by a group of experts having scientific and public administration experiences, and including the acknowledged participators of domestic spatial researches, under the supervision of Miklós Oláh.