Public Administration’s Adaptation to COVID-19 Pandemic – Czech, Hungarian, Polish and Slovak Experience

Central European Public Administration Review, 19(1), 2021

26 Pages Posted: 22 Jun 2021

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Matej Horvat

Comenius University in Bratislava, Faculty of Law

Wojciech Piatek

Adam Mickiewicz University

Lukáš Potěšil

Masaryk University - Faculty of Law

Krisztina F. Rozsnyai

Faculty of Law, Department of Public Administration

Date Written: April 29, 2021

Abstract

The pandemic of the infectious disease COVID-19 affected everyday life including public administration. In order to proceed with its duties, public administration had to adapt to these new and unprecedented conditions. The main goal of the article is to assess how public administration bodies adapted to the COVID-19 pandemic, especially in terms of the principle of the speed of procedure in the sense of the right to a fair trial within a reasonable time. In order to achieve this goal, the article focuses on public administration’s adaptation to the pandemic from the perspective of the Visegrad Group countries (V4). It analyses the digitalisation of public administration in relation to delivery, speed of procedure, usage of new technologies, as well as several other areas of public life affected by the pandemic. Specific examples from all V4 countries are analysed and compared in order to identify which approaches were taken by public administration, how they changed the way public administration carried out administrative procedures, and which values were decisive for these changes. Based on these examples, the article concludes that the approach taken by respective legislatures and public administrations in the V4 region complies with the law, but also presents several exceptions.

Keywords: COVID-19, electronic communication, digitalisation of public administration, new technologies, principle of speed of the proceedings, public administration in V4 countries

JEL Classification: K40

Suggested Citation

Horvat, Matej and Piatek, Wojciech and Potěšil, Lukáš and F. Rozsnyai, Krisztina, Public Administration’s Adaptation to COVID-19 Pandemic – Czech, Hungarian, Polish and Slovak Experience (April 29, 2021). Central European Public Administration Review, 19(1), 2021, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3867399

Matej Horvat (Contact Author)

Comenius University in Bratislava, Faculty of Law ( email )

Slovakia

Wojciech Piatek

Adam Mickiewicz University

Wieniawskiego 1
Poznan, 61-712
Poland

Lukáš Potěšil

Masaryk University - Faculty of Law ( email )

Brno
Czech Republic

Krisztina F. Rozsnyai

Faculty of Law, Department of Public Administration ( email )

Hungary

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