Principal Investigator

Principal investigator

Miklós Sebők

Miklós Sebők is a Senior Research Fellow of the Centre of Social Sciences, Hungarian Academy of Sciences (CSS HAS) in Budapest. He earned an M.A. degree in politics at the University of
Virginia and an M.A. degree in economics at the Corvinus University of Budapest. He received his Ph.D. in Political Science from ELTE University of Budapest. He currently serves as the director of thet Institute for Political Science at Centre for Social Sciences and the research director of the Hungarian Comparative Agendas Project and the research co-director of the Artificial Intelligence National Lab at CSS, Budapest. His research interests include political economy and public policy and the application of text mining and machine learning methods in these fields. His work has appeared in Business and Politics, East European Politics, the European Journal of Political Research, European Political Science Review, the Japanese Journal of Political Science and Intersections, the Journal of Comparative Politics, the Journal of Legislative Studies, the Journal of Public Budgeting, the Journal of Public Policy, Plos One, and Political Analysis. His book chapters have been published with Oxford and Palgrave. He served as the editor for the first Hungarian handbook on “Quantitative Text Analysis and Text Mining in Political Science” (L’Harmattan, 2016) and on “Text Mining and Artificial Intelligence in R” (Typotex, 2021), and most recently as co-editor of Policy Agendas in Autocracy, and Hybrid Regimes: The Case of Hungary (Palgrave, 2021).

Selected Publications

Forthcoming Punctuated Equilibrium and Progressive Friction in Socialist Autocracy, Democracy and Hybrid Regimes (co-authors: Ágnes M. BALÁZS and Csaba MOLNÁR),  Journal of Public Policy

2021 Mission adapted: the hidden role of governors in shaping central bank operating missions in Hungary (co-authors: Kristin MAKSZIN and Jasper SIMONS), East European Politics, DOI: 10.1080/21599165.2021.1907351

2021 The effect of central bank communication on sovereign bond yields: The case of Hungary (co-authors: Ákos MÁTÉ and Tamás BARCZIKAY), PLOS ONE, 16 (2), DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0245515

2021 Policy Agendas in Autocracy, and Hybrid Regimes: The Case of Hungary (co-editor with Zsolt Boda), Basingstoke: Palgrave, DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-73223-3

2021 Understanding the Effect of Regime Types on Policy Dynamics: The Case of Hungary (1868-2018). In Zsolt Boda, Miklós Sebők (eds), Policy Agendas in Autocracy, and Hybrid Regimes: The Case of Hungary, Basingstoke: Palgrave, DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-73223-3

2021 The data and methods of the Hungarian Comparative Agendas Project. In Zsolt Boda, Miklós Sebők (eds), Policy Agendas in Autocracy, and Hybrid Regimes: The Case of Hungary, Basingstoke: Palgrave, DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-73223-3

2020 From State Capture to ‘Pariah’ Status? The Preference Attainment of the Hungarian Banking Association (2006-2014) (co-author: Sándor Kozák), Business and Politics, pp 1-23, DOI: 10.1017/bap.2020.8

2020 The Multiclass Classification of Newspaper Articles with Machine Learning: The Hybrid Binary Snowball Approach (co-author: Zoltán Kacsuk), Political Analysis, pp 1-14, DOI: 10.1017/pan.2020.27

2019 The Politics of Manufactured Crisis: Political Entrepreneurship and the Fiscal Wars of the early 2010s in the U.S., Intersections – East European Journal of Society and Politics, 5 (3) pp. 73-96 DOI: 10.17356/ieejsp.v5i3.522

2019 The Hungarian Policy Agendas Project (co-author: Zsolt Boda). In: Frank R Baumgartner, Christian Breunig, Emiliano Grossman (eds.) Comparative Policy Agendas: Theory, Tools, Data. Oxford: Oxford University Press

2019 Electoral Reforms, Entry Barriers and the Structure of Political Markets: A Comparative Analysis. (co-authors: Attila Horváth, Ágnes M. Balázs. European Journal of Political Research, 58:(2) pp. 741-768. DOI: 10.1111/1475-6765.12309

2018 Punctuated Equilibrium In Democracy and Autocracy: An Analysis of Hungarian Budgeting Between 1868 and 2013. (co-author: Tamás Berki) European Political Science Review, 10:(4) pp. 589-611. DOI: 10.1017/S1755773918000115

2018 Institutional Entrepreneurship and the Mission Creep of the National Bank of Hungary. In: Caner Bakir, Darryl S L Jarvis (eds.) Institutional Entrepreneurship and Policy Change. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 243-278. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-70350-3_10

2018 From Pledge-Fulfilment to Mandate-Fulfilment: An Empirical Theory (coauthor: András Körösényi). Intersections – East European Journal of Society and Politics,  4 (1) pp. 115-132. DOI: 10.17356/ieejsp.v4i1.130

2017 Exercising Control and Gathering Information: The Functions of Interpellations in Hungary (1990-2014) (co-authors: Bálint Kubik; Csaba Molnár). Journal of Legislative Studies, 23 (4) pp. 465-483. DOI: 10.1080/13572334.2017.1394734

2017 Incrementalism and Punctuated Equilibrium in Hungarian Budgeting (1991-2013) (co-author: Tamás Berki). Journal of Public Budgeting, Accounting & Financial Management, 2017:(2) pp. 151-180. DOI: 10.1108/JPBAFM-29-02-2017-B001

2016 Mandate Slippage, Good and Bad. Making (Normative) Sense of Mandate-Fulfillment. Intersections – East European Journal of Society and Politics, 2016:(1) pp. 123-152. DOI: 10.17356/ieejsp.v2i1.131

2016 Coding Policy Influence with ATLAS.ti: Methodological Notes from a Study on Hungarian Banking. In: Friese, S. – Ringmayr, T. (eds.) ATLAS.ti User Conference 2015: Qualitative Data Analysis and Beyond, pp. 1-15. Universitätsverlag der TU Berlin.

2015 Delegation and the Crisis­-Driven Political Development of Bailout Institutions: The Case of Japan Between 1992 and 2003. Japanese Journal of Political Science, 16 (4) pp. 459-488. DOI: 10.1017/S1468109915000262.

2015 Who Decides in Times of Crisis?: A Comparative Examination of Bureaucratic Delegation in 4 EU Countries (2008-2010). Journal of Comparative Politics, 2015:(2) pp. 38-52.

2010 President Wilson and the International Origins of the Federal Reserve System – A Reappraisal. White House Studies, 10(4), pp. 425­447. 

Books in Hungarian:

2021 Szövegbányászat és mesterséges intelligencia R-ben (Text Mining and Artificial Intelligence in R) (co-editor with Ákos Máté and Orsolya Ring). Budapest: Typotex Kiadó

2020 A magyar jogalkotás minősége: Elmélet, mérés, eredmények (The Quality of Hungarian Legislation: Theory, Measurement, Empirical Results) (co-editor with György Gajduschek and Csaba Molnár). Budapest: Gondolat

2020 Empirikus jogi kutatások (Empirical Legal Studies) (co-editor with György Gajduschek and Csaba Molnár). Budapest: Gondolat

2019 Itt van Amerika: Az amerikai politika hatása Magyarországon (America is here: The Americanisation of Hungarian Politics) (Co-editor with Balázs Böcskei). Budapest: Athenaeum

2019 Paradigmák fogságában: Elitek és ideológiák a magyar pénzügyi kapitalizmusban (Captured by Paradigms: Elites and Ideologies in Hungarian Finance Capitalism). Budapest: Napvilág

2018 A magyar közpolitikai napirend (The Hungarian Policy Agenda) (Co-editor with Zsolt Boda). Budapest: MTA TK PTI, ISBN 978-963-418-018-0

2016 Kvantitatív szövegelemzés és szövegbányászat a politikatudományban (Quantitative Text Analysis and Text Mining in Political Science) Editor and contributor to several chapters. Budapest: L’Harmattan, ISBN 978-963-414-229-4

2014 Hatalom szabályok nékül – Kormány és törvényhozás viszonya a pénzügyi válság idején (Power without Rules – Executive-Legislative Relations in Times of Financial Crisis). Budapest: Új Mandátum, ISBN 978-963-287-076-2