Dr. Péter Ákos Bod
Economist, university professor. He worked in economic research at the Institute of Planning, Budapest, and taught economics in Budapest and in the US before 1989. He was Minister of Industry and Trade between 1990 and 1991, and Governor of the Hungarian National Bank between 1991 and 1994. In 1995–1998, he was member of the Board at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (London), representing East Central European countries.
At present, he is director of the Institute of Economics at Corvinus University of Budapest and a professor at the Károli Gáspár Protestant University.
He is vice chairman of the Hungarian Economic Society, sits on editorial boards of Hungarian journals.
His publications include: A vállalkozó állam (Entrepreneurial State) 1987; A pénz világa (The World of Money) 2001; Gazdaságpolitika (Economic Policy) 2002; Közgazdaságtan (Economics) 2006.
“Even after several decades of professional examination, it is still hard for me to put the way our hungarian reality is different from the developed world into words, but the operation of our government institutions is on top of this long list.
As a former economic policy maker, I became aware of the fact that in spite of all the good intentions, dedication and strong will to change it for the better, the new regime brought a lot less than we thought or even promised , and a lot less than our nation rightfully expected. Nevertheless, all members of our society hold responsibility in these matters. If a voter does not understand the public affairs (might be because they’re indifferent or because it is obscured by those in decision-making positions and the ones forming the public opinion show complete resignation over it) then mistrust and detachment will prevail over the country. From there on, the next step is the waste of public funds, corruption and a declining quality of life.
Here we are again, in for another parliamentary election. Clearly, in this period it is of utmost importance that the civil society, the media and the scientific community uses every instrument at their disposal to emphasise: the much talked about catching up to the developed world begins with commanding out public affairs honourably and sensibly. Plenty of good examples can be found - if sought- in the world, we should bravely learn from these good practises and use them. We need to pay heed to our past.
The initiative proposed by Transparency International Hungary and the Fiscal Responsibility Institute Budapest could benefit all who have the will and intent for righteousness, sensibility and honour.”
Ákos Péter Bodprofessor at Corvinus University Budapest,
former president of the Hungarian National Bank
Budapest, January 2014
Economist, associate professor at the Pázmány Péter Catholic University, research fellow at the Hungarian Scientific Acamedy at the Department for the Study of the Private, Criminal and Administrative Law Guarantees of Market Economy, lecturer at the Széchenyi College for Advanced Studies. President of the Hungarian Association for Law and Economics. Fellow at John Paul II Economic Ethics Institute.
Has gained a Masters’ Degree at econmics and political sciense from the Corvinus University of Budapest (formerly: Budapest University of Economic Sciences and Public Administration) in 1996 and a Phd in 2007 from the University of West Hungary.
After graduation, worked briefly in public service, and created his own consultancy firm, while working as a university teacher at the Budapest Corvinus University, while giving lectures at many other universities (ELTE, PPKE, Századvég College for Political Sciense, etc). Associate professor at PPKE since 2011.
“The election campaigns of political parties are about what parties can promise to their voters and in many occasions, promise it without fundations. About who can pretend to be less corrupt than the opponents. To me, this project is important because it tries to bring a change to this culture. If the public (media) is confronted by the budgetary implications and longer effects of the promises politicians make, it is less reasonable for the parties to campaign with such promises.
Once the messages declared by “What Do We Choose?” gain entry to public opinion and to the media, no one can give the old answer “We are a better choice because the others are more corrupt” to the issues raised by the miserable state of Hungarian institutions and an above optimal corruption level.
Although I have a different opinion on some of the recommendations given by TI and FRIB, I strongly agree that this election campaign should be about the issues of the Hungarian state that has been malfunctioning for decades - the truly relevant questions of Hungarian political and economic life.”
economist, university teacher
Budapest, January 2014