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Includes bibliographical references (pages 251-267) and index.
Policymaking accountability and democratic consolidation -- Alternative routes to policy-making accountability -- Legacy of the past -- External accountability and the European Union -- Oversight -- Decentralized political accountability -- Public participation in policymaking: government procedures -- Civil society groups: overview -- Environmental advocacy organizations in Hungary -- Student and youth organizations in Poland -- Democratic consolidation and policy-making accountability.
This study documents the weaknesses of public oversight and participation in policymaking in Hungary and Poland. It discusses five alternative routes to accountability including European Union oversight, constitutional institutions such as presidents and courts, devolution to lower-level governments, the use of neo-corporatist bodies, and open-ended participation rights.
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