Encouraging Sub-National government Efficiency in Hungary [E-Book] / Alessandro Goglio
Goglio, Alessandro.
Paris : OECD Publishing, 2007
37 p. ; 21 x 29.7cm.
englisch
10.1787/145235611081
OECD Economics Department Working Papers ; 565
Economics
Hungary
Full Text
Hungary's counties and municipalities face difficult challenges. Participation in cost-cutting structural reforms initiated by the central government means cutbacks to administrative overheads and tough decisions in public services. At the same time, there are also challenges in modernising local infrastructures and in making full use of the EU funds for development projects. This paper first looks at how meeting these challenges can be helped by better budgeting, in particular regarding the transparency and oversight of accounts. Financing arrangements are also examined and this reveals a general problem of complexity. Assessment of spending responsibilities suggests room for improving the roles of counties and regions and a need for cutbacks in central-government influence on service provision and public-sector wages at the local level.