Policy change and learning in response to extreme flood events in Hungary: An advocacy coalition approach

Journal Article (Journal Article)

In an analysis of the 200-year history of flood management in Hungary, I use the advocacy coalition framework and the focusing event literature to examine what policy change occurs and what is learned as a result of experiencing extreme and damaging flood events. By analyzing the policy response to a series of extreme floods (1998-2001) in this newly democratizing nation, I attempt to identify the factors that influenced the occurrence of policy change and policy-oriented learning. In 2003, Hungary enacted a comprehensive flood management program that included economic development and environmental protection goals, a distinct departure from Hungary's historical structural approach to flood management. However, it is less clear that long-lasting changes in belief systems about how floods should be managed have occurred. In this analysis, I argue that processes external to the flood policy subsystem (e.g., process of democratization and Hungary's accession to the European Union), along with the occurrence of the extreme flood events, enabled a coalition of individuals and organizations to press for policy change. © 2011 Policy Studies Organization.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Albright, EA

Published Date

  • August 1, 2011

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 39 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 485 - 511

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1541-0072

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0190-292X

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1111/j.1541-0072.2011.00418.x

Citation Source

  • Scopus