"When you can measure what you are speaking about, and express it in numbers, you know something about it; but when you cannot express it in numbers, your knowledge is of a meagre and unsatisfactory kind; it may be the beginning of knowledge, but you have scarcely, in your thoughts, advanced to the stage of science, whatever the matter may be."
Lord Kelvin

Impact Assessments, Public Consultation and Legislation in Hungary 2011-2014

 

This paper explores important characteristics of the Hungarian legislation from 2011 to 2014 through publicly accessible online administrative data. Our focus is on comparing the 2011-2014 period to former years. The CRCB published its first analysis in 2014, which examined the quality of the Hungarian legislation. Our report for 2015  is not a simple repetition and update. Compared to last year’s report we extended and deepened our analysis in several areas. We not only analyse the activities of the parliament by statistical methods (i), but also occurrences of public consultations (ii), and the process of drafting a law and of conducting impact assessment (iii) and report five case studies on law making process (iv).

An important novelty of the present report is that by using objective indicators, it tries to give a picture of the quality of the preparation of laws and legislation in Hungary. For this we use publicly available data that can be found on the websites of the government and the Hungarian Parliament, and other online sources. Based on the publicly available data we are primarily interested in finding out what happened in 2011-2014 in the areas examined and to what extent the legislative procedure makes it possible for stakeholders to be informed and take part in the process of the preparation of laws (i), to what extent preliminary impact assessments and analyses support the laws made by the Hungarian parliament (ii), and to what extent the approved laws can contribute to legal certainty (iii).

 

Paper (in English, pdf)