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

March 04, 2014 // 3:30pm5:30pm
Event Co-sponsors: 
Global Europe Program

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.

6th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center
Event Speakers List: 
  • Gabor Demszky // Global Fellow
    Doctor of Law, Wissenschraftskolleg zu Berlin, Germany; Former Mayor of Budapest, 1990-2010
  • Chair and Associate Professor of Urban Affairs and Planning, Virginia Tech
  • Senior Fellow, Peterson Institute for International Economics, and former Research Scholar, Kennan Institute
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