Imre Kovách

Imre Kovách
Hungarian Academy of Sciences | HAS · MTA Centre for Social Sciences

PhD, DSC

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Our paper aims to explore the role of subsistence farming in Hungary by reviewing the literature, analyzing the primary data from a representative survey conducted in 2018 in Hungary and presenting two case‐studies. According to European and national‐level policy analysis, subsistence farming is a cornerstone of European agriculture, as it is a cen...
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In our pioneer study, we explore the number of population change in Hungarian villages based on the latest available statistical data (1995–2016), looking for the answer to whether the rapid and profound economic and social structural changes of post-socialism and the historically unique periods of accession to the European Union have rearranged th...
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This article discusses the use of drones in Hungary and considers their future penetration, based on the responses to a nationally representative 2021 questionnaire among 200 large-scale farmers engaged in precision farming and in crop production. Both the applied trans-theoretical model (with ordinal logit regression model) and the questionnaire d...
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Generational renewal is a core issue in European agriculture. Despite the continuous efforts of governments and the EU Council, the ageing of farmers seems an unstoppable process, accompanied by land concentration, the decrease in agricultural activity and the transformation of the European countryside. Consequently, there is a very rich scientific...
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The aim of the paper is to contribute to the research on education for environmental citizenship from a comparative perspective. The central concept of education is the complex issue of knowledge. In the present paper, different knowledge forms, knowledge use, and types of knowledge production in environmental education are analyzed for two EU coun...
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Our concern in this contribution is to ask what the special features of populism in Hungary are, where government and the largest opposition party can be considered populist. The study aims at analyzing motivations, interests, benefits, and profits of populism in fragile Hungarian regions. The main part examines three peculiar features of state pop...
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Precision farming may play an important role in agricultural innovation. The study focuses on the attitude of Hungarian farmers toward precision farming. Based on the relevant technical literature, we performed a nationally representative questionnaire survey of 594 farmers and deep interviews with experts and farmers (30 persons). As regards the q...
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The basic question of our research is what crop-producing farmers know about PF (precision farming), and how economic value and social factors motivate the acceptance and implementation of PF. We conducted a cross-sectional survey, using standardized questionnaires, in 2018, that was nationally representative of Hungarian crop producers. Besides th...
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This chapter examines the relationship between knowledge and Environmental Citizenship. Knowledge has been attributed to have an essential role in influencing pro-environmental behaviour and as such in the development of Environmental Citizenship. We argue that the ‘right’ kind of environmental knowledge is a necessary precondition for pro-environm...
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In our paper we aim at analysing the social factors influencing energy use and energy efficiency in four different European countries, using the data from the PENNY research (Psychological social and financial barriers to energy efficiency—Horizon 2020). As a part of the project, a survey was conducted in four European countries (Italy, The Netherl...
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This paper focuses on the economic and statistical evaluation of the production technology findings of the polyfactorial maize production experiments carried out between 2015-2017 at the Látókép Experiment Site of the University of Debrecen, Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences and Environmental Management. The examined agrotechnical factors i...
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A fejezetet az újraelosztási rendszerek integrációs/dezintegrációs hatásairól írtuk. Célunk az volt, hogy a társadalom integrációja és tagolódása szempontjából releváns csoportok azonosítása mellett az azokat létrehozó és elrendező mechanizmusok hatásairól is összegyűjtsük és bemutassuk a hozzáférhető információkat. Dupcsik és Szabari (2015) a társ...
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Tanulmányunkban egy kisvárosi, projektalapú szociális földprogram szereplőinek érdekeit és céljait, a részvétel és motiváció mértékét és formáit mutatjuk be. Arra keresünk választ, hogy milyen "hasznot" hozhatnak ezek a programok a helyi társadalom különböző csoportjai szá-mára, és mi határozza meg a szociális célú program helyi elfogadását és elis...
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1. Elöljáróban A földtulajdon a magyar gazdaság tekintélyes vagyoni tétele. A leggazdagab-bak listáján nincs olyan, aki kizárólag földtulajdonának az értéke miatt került volna a vagyoni rangsor elejére, de a földbirtok fontos eleme néhány esetben a listavezetők vagyonának. A 2016-ben eladott 130 000 hektár szántóföld átlagára 1,302 millió forint vo...
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A vidék harminc éve A magyar vidék alakulása az erőforrások, a társadalmi tőke és fejlesztéspolitikai változásainak tükrében Kivonat A tanulmány összefoglalja a magyar vidék átalakulását a rendszerváltozás utáni időszakban. Az írás első fele a vidék demográfi ai változásait elemzi, a második rész pedig a vidék gazdaságának, ezenbelül is a földbirto...
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This case study analysis focuses on social dimensions of household energy consumption and energy saving projects. The main goal is to analyse new relations and co-operations of actors which may lead to a more sustainable energy use and efficient energy policy.
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This paper aims to show the main processes of rural restructuring of Hungary after the change of political system and EU integration. It describes the changes of agricultural land-use, new dynamics of urban rural relations and rural development of the last 25 years. In the paper, we argue that the most dynamic changes happened in the era of post-co...
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A tanulmány összefoglalja a magyar vidék átalakulását a rendszerváltozás utáni időszakban. Az írás első fele a vidék demográfiai változásait elemzi, a második rész pedig a vidék gazdaságának, ezen belül is a földbirtokviszonyok alakulásának a változásait és a fejlesztéspolitika hatását tárgyalja, és rövid áttekintést ad a társadalmi tőke vidéki jel...
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By examining the integrative processes of the Hungarian society we developed two models grouping the members of the Hungarian society based on dimensions of social integration: the Integration model and the Integrative-normative functionalist model. In our study we aim to examine the construction-validity of these two models and to compare their va...
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The chapter focuses on rural-urban food links in the context of governance. We seek to understand a rural-urban innovator mechanism is emerging through the food system and the renewed question of proximity and relative autonomy in the alimentary supply of this type of space and local society. We present case studies from Paris and Budapest metropol...
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Despite the extensive areas of under-used green and brownfield land that remain in public ownership, little academic attention has thus far been given to the role of the public sector in utilising this resource for shared forms of community food growing. Building upon recent calls for more research targeted towards the governance of social innovati...
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We investigate similarities and differences between our model of measuring social integration and previous models of social stratification in Hungary, using our data sample. The findings of the integration model and those of the previous models (occupational groups, status groups, latent classes) are dissimilar. We argue that modelling integration/...
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Absztrakt Tanulmányunk célja, hogy bemutassa, miben különbözik, és hogyan kapcsolódik össze a társadalom in-tegrációja, illetve dezintegrációja a társadalom rétegződésével, egyenlőtlenségeivel. Ehhez elsőként összefog-laljuk a társadalmi rétegződéskutatásokat az utóbbi néhány évtizedben ért legnagyobb kihívásokat és az azokra adott válaszkísérletek...
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This paper presents a case study from Hungary about the " Nagykunságért " LEADER Local Action Group, which demonstrates the limits of an actor's involvement in local rural development. Project participation in this region depends on the financial and managerial capacity of participants. Actors with capacity are involved with the project as a matter...
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This article addresses the re-birth of co-operative and other mutual ini-tiatives in Central and East Europe after the collapse of socialism and its central-ized attempts to impose forms of co-operation on the countryside. The central theoretical question is: how is collectivity rebuilt and why does this process face great difficulties in post-comm...
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Az Európai Unió egyik deklarált célja, hogy Európa belátható időn belül világelső legyen a megújuló energia termelésében: a fenntartható, versenyképes és biztonságos energiaellátás biztosításában. A fosszilis energiahordozók felhasználásának visszafogásával az üvegházhatású gázok kibocsátása jelentősen csökkenthető. A műszaki fejlesztések az európa...
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This article analyses the rise of a new social formation, the project class which represents a recent complex societal and political change. It is argued that project proliferation along with reforms of the administrative structures, changes in the nature of developmental policies and the increasing importance of cultural and cognitive elements of...
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This paper seeks to review the role of intermediate actors in transmitting rural goods and services (RGS) to urban consumers in rural areas. The central questions are to identify intermediate actors and their capacity to conciliate, bridge and connect actions between rural and urban actors. Comparing the case studies of five European countries (Fin...
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This article looks at the evidence employed in the CORASON (the cognitive approach to rural sustainable development: the dynamics of expert and lay knowledge) research project of changing rural power relations in the context of sustainability and knowledge use in Europe. It explores what kinds of knowledge contribute to sustainable development in r...
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Dans les anciens pays communistes les privatisations devaient permettre l'implantation d'exploitations familiales et le developpement de leurs moyens de production. Le transfert d'anciennes terres collectivisees et fermes d'Etat fait apparaitre de grandes disparites. L'A. examine ce fait puis il decrit les changements intervenus au sein des structu...
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In present paper case studies from the LIA situated in the Great Plain shall be presented. Two characteristic regions have to be mentioned: Hortobágy and Mezőtúr. The latter one is famous for its agriculture and pottery, tourism has a minor role in its economy. Hortobágy is one of the most well-known regions of Hungary: nature preservation is very...
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This article examines the rise of the ‘project class’ in Central and Eastern Europe, linking it to the emerging rural development agenda, driven principally by the demands of EU accession. The emphasis on ‘projects’ in rural development, the demand for local expertise and the mobilisation of social capital are, it is argued, contributing to a restr...
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European Union CORASON research project on Czech, Hungarian and Polish countryside. The CORASON project (A cognitive approach to rural sustainable development - the dynamics of expert and lay knowledges) - studies of changes towards sustainable rural development as a means of illuminating the shape and dynamics of European knowledge society. As Tec...
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The paper considers the relevance of leader to the context of the ceecs and, in particular, to Hungary. The main argument is that the leader approach represents one of the most likely paths for socio-economic development. The theoretical approach of paper adopts political economy and actor network theory to conceptualize leader as a move from direc...
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On the basis of the analysis of the structure of large company ownership, through ownership, efficiency and the transformation models, the authors consider that the economic transformation has been completed in this segment and the period of post-socialism has ended. There are no arguments or reasons regarding that post-socialism can be further use...
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Kutatásunk során a tudástársadalom és a magyar vidékfejlesztés kapcsolatát vizsgáltuk. Kutatásunk két részből állt. Az első részben konkrét vidékfejlesztési projektek vizsgálatával elemeztük, hogy milyen tudásformák jelennek meg a vidékfejlesztésben. Eredményeik azt mutatják, hogy a vidékfejlesztési projektek sikeréhez elengedhetetlen a többféle te...

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Self-promotion and reinterpretation of local identity is becoming increasingly important in rural communities in Hungary. Local identity building is achieved very differently by rural municipalities and regions. Rural image, place branding and place making are regarded as crucial sources for rural development, both in touristic and non-touristic areas. Rural sociology literature argues that the characteristics of place as local resources are particularly important for rural development strategies. Researches about rural Hungary suggest that rural image is often characterized by pre-modern values which play an important role in the motivation for rural migration and tourism. It is also shown that an interest in the past can help in fostering a sense of continuity, dealing with change, and developing adaptive strategies (resilience). Based on both quantitative and qualitative sociological methods the main goal of the research is to understand what are the connections and relations among rural image, local identity and the population dynamics and living strategies of different rural areas in Hungary. The research purpose to present the local identity, rural image and local living strategies in four different rural areas. The planned research connects to previous research in rural image, rural restructuring and local identity in Hungary and presents systematic analyses of the changes that have occurred in the last decades.
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European economic, social and territorial cohesion is threatened by the unequal development of growing urban and declining rural areas. RURALIZATION develops a novel perspective for rural areas to trigger a process of ruralisation as counterforce to urbanisation, that is, a development towards a new rural frontier offering new generations stimulating opportunities for economic and social sustainability within a rural context. These opportunities will serve both existing inhabitants of rural areas, to overcome the dilemma between place attachment and lack of economic opportunities, and rural newcomers who bring novel and innovative perspectives and relational networks to rural areas. RURALIZATION will utilise both quantitative and qualitative methods to develop innovations and to make these transferable to other contexts. Innovative practices will be selected by two methods. First, by the use of statistical data and foresight analysis to find areas that deviate from the general trend of rural decline and distinguish, using a multi-actor approach, the instruments and approaches that may contribute to these trend breaches. Secondly, through the study of new approaches and instruments in practice, and by developing these in a multi-actor context, to be applied in new contexts of application. Based on the call, innovations will be on facilitating rural newcomers, rural jobs, new entrants into farming and access to land for new generations. In foresight analysis rural dreams of new generations will be investigated and alternative rural futures will be designed and reflected with rural stakeholders and focus groups in terms of possibility, probability and preferability. Actions will be formulated to make positive futures reality. The outcomes of the project will result in novel options for policy makers and practical tools for rural actors. An extensive communication campaign will disseminate the project and its results. [The RURALIZATION project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement number 817642.]