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From Commissars to Mayors: Cities in the Transition Economies Robert M. Buckley

From Commissars to Mayors: Cities in the Transition Economies

Robert M. Buckley

Published September 1st 2000
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The objective of this report is to consider one important part of the transition process for countries in Central and Eastern Europe: that is, the role that urban policy has played and continues to play in the move to market-based economies. BesideMoreThe objective of this report is to consider one important part of the transition process for countries in Central and Eastern Europe: that is, the role that urban policy has played and continues to play in the move to market-based economies. Beside tracing the historical circumstances that affect the way cities in transition economies function, it shows the effects that these circumstances have on the opportunities and concerns that exist for policymakers. The report is organized as follows: Section 1 discusses the fundamental differences between the initial conditions in the regions transition economies and those in other countries. It considers the effects that socialist planning had on the distribution of population across cities and within cities, respectively, then it reviews the implications of these conditions for urban poverty. Section 2 considers the principal concerns for city management implied by these unique urban problems. There are at least three systemic issues that urban policies must address. They are allocating resources efficiently, managing social safety nets, and building strong local institutions. Section 3 provides proposals for action. It discusses the policies that can help achieve a more equitable, sustainable economic environment taking into account the historically unique features of urban development in the region. This section then goes on to identify priorities and strategies for the region and the World Bank.