Zsolt Boda

Zsolt Boda
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General Director

Research Professor (TK PTI)
Research Interests

Governance and policy studies; populism research; trust research

Selected Publications

Bartha, Attila – Boda, Zsolt – Szikra, Dorottya: “When populists govern. Conceptualizing populism in policy making”, Governance and Politics, 2020, 8(3), 71-81. IF: 1.6

Boda, Zsolt – M. Sebők: „The Hungarian Policy Agendas Proejct” In: Frank, R Baumgartner; Christian, Breunig; Emiliano, Grossman (eds.) Comparative Policy Agendas: Theory, Tools, Data Oxford: Oxford University Press, (2019) pp.  112-121.

Boda, Zsolt - V. Patkós: “Driven by politics: agenda setting and policy making in Hungary, 2010-2014”, Policy Studies, 2018, 39(4), 402-421. IF: 0.714.

Boda, Zsolt  - M. Medgyesi – E. Özdemir: Societal change and trust in institutions. EUROFOUND Publication, Brussels: EC (2018).

Boda Zsolt – Medve-Bálint Gergő: “How perceptions and personal contact matter: The individual level determinants of trust in police in Hungary”, Policing and Society, 27(7) (2017), 732-749. IF: 1,61

Boda Zsolt, Szabó G., Bartha A., Medve-Bálint G., Vidra Zs.: “Politically driven. Mapping political and media discourses of penal populism – the Hungarian case”, East European Politics and Societies and Cultures, 2015 vol. 29 (4), 871-890. IF: 0,468

Medve-Bálint Gergő – Boda Zsolt: “The Poorer You Are, the More You Trust? The Effect of Inequality and Income on Institutional Trust in East-Central Europe.“ Sociologický časopis / Czech Sociological Review 2014 vol. 50 (3): 419-454. IF: 0,563

Boda Zsolt: “Homo Politicus - Towards a Theory of Political Action and Motivation”, World Political Science Review, 2013, 9 (1), 71-96.


Research Projects
  • 'DEMOS - Democratic efficacy and the varieties of populism in Europe', H2020 RIA project, 2018-2020. Position: Principal Investigator.
  • ’Populism in policy and law-making’ National Research Fund, 2018-2021. Position: Principal Investigator.
  • ’The dynamics of trust in Europe’, EUROFOUND project, 2017-2018. Position: expert.
  • ’Policy dynamics in Hungary’. National Research Fund, 2013-2016. Position: Principal Investigator.
  • ’New European Crimes and Trust-based Policy (FIDUCIA)’ EU project, 2012-2014. Position: leader of the Hungarian team, Work Package leader.
  • ’Institutional trust and policy effectiveness in Hungary’ National Research Fund, 2012-2014. Position: Principal Investigator.
  • ’Confidence in Justice (EUJUSTIS)’ EU FP7 project, 2009-2011. Position: leader of the Hungarian team.
  • ’Global environmental regimes and Hungarian policy making’, National Research Fund, 2004-2007. Position: Principal Investigator.
  • “Social policy, regulation and private sector water supply”, UNRISD project, 2005-2006. Position: researcher.
Work in Progress

Bartha Attila – Boda Zsolt: „Tax Compliance Motivations during Corruption Scandals in a Fragile Democracy: Results from a Natural Quasi-experiment”. Under review, Journal of Public Policy