Studying Dynamics of Government Agencies: Conceptual and Methodological Results of a Hungarian Organizational Mapping Exercise

György Hajnal
2012 International Journal of Public Administration  
The paper discusses Hungarian central government agencies and structural changes happening to them in the [2002][2003][2004][2005][2006][2007][2008][2009] period. The discussion has two ambitions. The first, conceptual and methodological one is to contribute to a certain reconceptualization of organizational change and organizational termination, and to a methodologically -in the European context -relatively novel analysis of longitudinal (panel) data, based on event history analysis
more » ... analysis procedures. Secondly, to examine the effect of agencies' structural design features and their size exerted on agency stability and survivability. The key empirical finding of the paper is that the relationship between agencies' insulation from executive politicians on the one hand, and the hazard of agency terminations, on the other is markedly different from the one found in studies investigating the same question in Western (U.S.) institutional contexts. In Hungary, unlike the USA where more insulated agencies were found to be more protected from termination, stronger formal-institutional insulation and autonomy is associated with a markedly larger hazard of agency termination. In other words, "design matters"; but the way, in which it matters is just to opposite of what was found in other, Western context as well as what could be expected on the basis of common sense intuition.
doi:10.1080/01900692.2012.715564 fatcat:ftefaz3ttbfyjli3m7kjkhh54y