The primary objective of the Centre for Social Sciences is to conduct basic research in social science.
Academic fields and research tasks - Institute for Legal Studies
- Conducting research primarily in the fields of administrative law, constitutional law, criminal law, civil law, human rights, European law, legal theory, international public and private law;
- Reflecting upon certain legal problems arising in connection with scientific and technical progress, alongside traditional branches of law;
- Cooperating on solving domestic and international legislative tasks;
- Cooperating with national and international institutions participating in the law-making process;
- Monitoring the activities of domestic, foreign and international law enforcement agencies and the work of the major human rights protection organisations, analysing the main trends in the areas surveyed;
- Compiling and publishing comprehensive and synthetic works (registers, encyclopaedias, national legal bibliographies, etc.);
- Offering professional training and consultation, and producing expert opinions;
- Developing the legal awareness of citizens and disseminating knowledge of the law.
Academic fields and research tasks Institute for Minority Studies
- Conducting research on the community circumstances and social situation of national and ethnic minorities – in particular the Roma – in Hungary and and in Europe, defining such in social scientific terms, analysing their effects on social structure, and elaborating new methods and interpretative models arising from these objectives;
- Conducting comparative analysis of integration processes in Central Europe, of ethno-political models, and of the legal status of the minorities;
- Conducting historical research on changes in the demographic, economic, political and cultural situation of the national and ethnic minorities in Hungary and the minority Hungarian communities;
- Examining the social effects of migration processes affecting Hungary and the social situation of migrant groups;
- Examining identity components, with an analysis of the substantive and formal changes in European, national and local identities;
- Basic (linguistic and philological) research in Jewish studies which is necessary for research on Central European and Hungarian Jewry.
Academic fields and research tasks - Institute for Political Science
- Conducting research on elections, political behaviour, and political participation;
- Conducting research on parties and civil society and the relationship between parties and the state;
- Political communication and media research;
- Conducting research on political leadership and elites and the relationship between political leaders and government officials and public servants;
- Conducting research on changes in social and political values in Hungary and in Europe;
- Conducting research on new methods of governance and public policy and institutional changes at the national and European levels;
- Measuring and evaluating government performance and conducting research on democratic feedback;
- Conducting research on the institutions of the Hungarian political and governmental system, party system, and division of powers;
- Examining EU integration and globalisation and their effects on the domestic government system;
- Conducting research on the relationship between market and state and on political economy;
- Conducting research on empirical, normative and analytical democracy theories and political theory, and on the relationship between the state and civil society;
- Conducting research on the delegation of government powers and on control mechanisms;
- Description and interpretation of major trends in Hungarian politics and enriching the scholarly tools necessary for such.
Academic fields and research tasks - Institute for Sociology
- Conducting research on social inequalities, the market and the redistribution systems, equal opportunities and equal treatment;
- Conducting research on power and social stratification, on elites and their institutions;
- Conducting research onfamily practices, gender inequalities, social minority groups, migration, ageing society, youth, poverty, and the social factors of social policy;
- Conducting research on organisations and the world of work;
- Conducting sociological research on values, culture and knowledge;
- Conducting research on the social aspects of environmental, ecological and climate change processes, and sustainability;
- Conducting research on local society, local power and local governance; Development policies, EU development policy, and the social consequences of projectification;
- Conducting research on the changing spatial structure of society, urban and rural development, and the social changes and competitiveness of rural and urban society;
- Conducting research of theory and methodology of international and intercultural empirical comparison;Conducting research on Central and East-European integration issues and the broader international outcomes affecting Hungarian society.