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"Making An Aquarium Out Of Fish Stew" Reforming Post-Communist Budapest

Gabor Demszky served as Mayor of Budapest between 1990 and 2010, being re-elected five times. As the longest serving mayor of a major European capital in recent decades, Demszky will draw from experience bringing the management of Budapest into a liberal, capitalist world to consider how cities handle uncertainties in budgetary planning.

Date & Time

Tuesday
Mar. 4, 2014
3:30pm – 5:30pm ET

Location

6th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center
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Overview

Gabor Demszky served as Mayor of Budapest between 1990 and 2010, being re-elected five times.  As the longest serving mayor of a major European capital in recent decades, he oversaw the post-communist transformation of municipal management and of the city as a whole.  While in office, he implemented major economic reforms, transforming public services and urban infrastructure.  Demszky will draw from experience bringing the management of Budapest into a liberal, capitalist world to consider how cities handle uncertainties in budgetary planning. He will reflect upon effective policies that address the segregation of the Roma population and large social inequalities.  Discussant Anders Åslund will speak about the major economic challenges Demszky faced during his tenure, while Sonia Hirt  will place Demszky’s experiences within the context of broader urban trends during the post-socialist transition.

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Urban Sustainability Laboratory

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The Global Europe Program addresses vital issues affecting the European continent, U.S.-European relations, and Europe’s ties with the rest of the world. It does this through scholars-in-residence, seminars, policy study groups, media commentary, international conferences and publications. Activities cover a wide range of topics, from the role of NATO, the European Union and the OSCE to European energy security, trade disputes, challenges to democracy, and counter-terrorism. The program investigates European approaches to policy issues of importance to the United States, including globalization, digital transformation, climate, migration, global governance, and relations with Russia and Eurasia, China and the Indo-Pacific, the Middle East and Africa.  Read more

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