The Project

The purpose of the Hungarian Comparative Agendas Project (CAP) is to reveal the dynamics of Hungarian public policy by investigating the various public policy and political agendas using quantiative methods.The research takes place at MTA TK Institute for Political Science and is supported by the Hungarian Scientific Research Fund (OTKA). 

The project adapts the Policy Agendas Project’s public policy content analysis codebook created by Frank Baumgartner and Bryan Jones to the local environment.

The research aims to create a consistent database of defining issues for the actors of Hungarian public policy - such as the parliament, the media, and the public actors. The reliability of the measurements is guaranteed by clearly defined, coherent coding rules, whereby the changes of the government’s priorities can be consistently traced in time and also in areas of the public policy.

Within the framework of CAP research, several databases have been created containing data available for researchers, students, professionals, and public actors.

At present, data collected within the framework of the project include:

·         Budgets and Final Accounts between 1991 and 2013

·         Laws

·         Interpellations

·         Urgent Questions

·         Members of Parliament elected between 1990 and 2014

·         Committees of the National Assembly between 1990 and 2014

·         Parties with Members of Parliament between 1990 and 2014

·         Leaders of the National Assembly's caucuses

·         Front page headlines of Magyar Nemzet (a conservative daily) and Népszabadság (a left-liberal daily)

·         Data of Single-Member Districts

·         Governments


The website is managed and updated by Zsanett Pokornyi. If you have any further questions about the project, please write to