Pécsi Tudományegyetem

Department of Political Science and International Studies


Ilona Pálné Kovács

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Ilona Pálné Kovács

Professor, corresponding member of HAS, director


HAS Centre for Economic and Regional Studies


Insitute for Regional Studies


Education, scientific degrees

  • graduated as a lawyer (1978),
  • PhD (1988) in political science
  • Doctor of Hungarian Academy of Sciences (2000),
  • habilitation (University of Pécs, 2003)
  • corresponding member of Hungarian Academy of  Science, HAS (2013)  


  • head of Transdanubian Research Institute of Centre of Regional Studies of Hungarian Academy of Science (CERS HAS) between (1993-2012)
  • full time professor at the Department for Political Studies of University of Pécs and leader of PhD programme in political science (2000- )
  • research professor  CERS HAS (2013-)
  • director of CERS HAS Institute for Regional Studies (2015-)


Fields of interest

  • research on the management of regional policy, regional governance and local governments, European multi-level governance, cohesion policy, Europeanisation.
  • teaching in bachelor, master and PhD courses in public administration, constitutional law, local and regional governance.

Membership in editorial boards


  • Revue d’études comparatives Est-Ouest, (2014-)
  • European Journal of Spatial Development, ( 2014-)
  • Region: Economics and Sociology (Novosibirsk) (2016-)


Some of the awards


Award of Hungarian Academy of Sciences, 2002, Pro regio award of Minsitry of Interior, 2007, Deák Ferenc Prize, Pro Renovanda Cultura Hungariae, 2008, Kolnai Prize 2009 (Hungarian Association of Political Science), Bibó Prize 2011, (Hungarian Association of Political Science).

Expertese for Soros Foundation, Council of Europe, Assembly of European Regions

She conducted many domestic and international projects, participating in several FP, ESF, INTERREG, TEMPUS, ESPON, UNESCO, EC DG Regio programmes.


Publications: 8 books, 33 editions, more than 300 articles


Selected publications in English


  • ·         (eds.): Internationalisation of Social Sciences in Central and Eastern Europe. The „catching up” – a myth or a strategy? London: Routledge, 2010. 234 p. (Routledge/European Sociological Association Studies in European Societies) Co-editor. Dagmar Kutsar
  • ·         eds Territorial Cohesion in Europe. (James Scott, Zoltán Gál). CERS HAS, Pécs, 2013.
  • ·         Institutional „legacies” and the shaping of regional governance in Hungary. – Regional and Federal Studies, 14. 2004. 3. 430–460. p. Társszerzők: Horváth, Gyula, Christos J. Paraskevopoulos, 2.
  • ·         Dilemas de la regionalización en Hungría. – Revista Universidad de Guadalajara, 31. 2004. Primavera, 1–12. p. http://www.cge.udg.mx/­revistaudg/rug31/dossier3.html.
  • ·         Challenges of regional policy and responses of traditional public administration in East-Central European countries. – Society and Economy. 26. 2004. 2–3. 325–339. p.
  • ·         The legal and regulatory framework of fiscal decentralization. In: Intergovernmental Finance in Hungary. A Decade of Experience 1990–2000. Eds.: M. Kopányi, D. Wetzel, S. El Daher. Washington–Budapest: World Bank Institute, Local Government and Public Service Reform Initiative, 2004. 93–111. p.
  • ·         Disintegrated (or fragmented) public administration and regional development policy in Eastern Europe. In: Overcoming Fragmentation in Southeast Europe. Spatial Development Trends and Integration Potential. Eds. P. Getimis, G. Kafkalas. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2007. 75–100. p. (Urban and Regional Planning and Development Series)
  • ·         Regional changes in the urban system and governance responses in Hungary. – Urban Research and Practice, 1. 2008. 2. 149–163. p. Társszerző: Enyedi Gy.
  • ·         Regionalization in Hungary: Options and scenarios on the „road to Europe”. In: De-Coding New Regionalism. Shifting Socio-Political Contexts in Central Europe and Latin America. Ed. J. W. Scott. London: Routledge, 2009. 199–214. p. (Urban and Regional Planning and Development)
  • ·         The future of European cohesion policy: The paradoxes in domestic governance of CEE countries. In: Ágh A. (szerk.): European Union at the Crossroads: The European Perspectives After the Global Crisis. Budapest: Budapest College of Communication, Business and Arts, 2011. 213–234. p. (Together for Europe)
  • ·         Top down regionalism – EU adaptation and legitimacy in Hungary. In: Lütgenau S. A. (szerk.): Regionalization and Minority Policies in Central Europe: Case Studies from Poland, Slovakia, Hungary and Romania. Innsbruck: Studien Verlag, 2011. 113–127. p. (Foster Europe – International Studies; 1
  • Roots and consequences of local governance reform sin Hungary.Revue d’études comparatives est-ouest. vol. 43. septembre. 2012. pp. 173-199
  • Local governance in. Henderson, K-Pettai, V.-Wenninger, A (eds): Central and Eastern Europe Beyond Transition: Convergence and Divergence in Europe. ESF, Strassbourg, 2012 pp.51-55
  • Failed rescaling of territorial governance in Hungary: What was the gist? In: Silva CN, Buček J (szerk.)Fiscal Austerity and Innovation in Local Governance in Europe. 189 p.Farnham: Ashgate, 2014. pp. 95-111.
  • Regional elites, networks and the beauty of regionalism in Hungary In: Buček J , Ryder A (szerk.) Governance in Transition . 270 p.Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands, 2015. pp. 109-131.( Springer Geography )(ISBN:978-94-007-5502-4)