Research Institute for Politics and Government

The mission of the Research Institute is to pursue research into political theory and the theory of government within the disciplinary frameworks of political science and political philosophy. While its main output is published in the most significant national and international forums of these disciplines, it will also organise conferences both in Hungary and abroad, to become better integrated in the leading national and international research networks in these fields. The Institute recognizes the importance of cultivating Hungarian language scholarship, but it is also eager to participate in international cooperation, in the best traditions of Hungarian academia. Its primary aim is to produce high-standard theoretical work, excluding partisanship or party political engagement, but with the intention of delivering educational benefits both directly to the university and through this to the general public.

The Institute’s research work draws on the principles and research methods of the European tradition of the humanities, as well as applying the discursive strategies of the modern social sciences and the insights gleaned from the empirical research. Its faculty members include practitioners of philosophy, political science, the history of literature and of political thought, as well as the theoretical branches of the social sciences.

Thematically, its research focuses on the Hungarian political tradition, aiming to reveal fresh interpretations of contemporary national and international politics, with particular attention to the Central European region within the Euro-Atlantic civilisation in general. It also contributes to the most promising Hungarian research areas within the humanities and the social sciences, relying on the achievements, both well-known and undiscovered, of the country’s intellectual elite, in order to improve the nation’s international competitiveness in the humanities and social sciences.

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Head of the Institute

Ferenc Hörcher

Office manager

Andrea Robotka