Public Management of Urban Change in Transitional Cities

Venue: Budapest

Location: Budapest, Hungary

Event Date/Time: Jul 02, 2007 End Date/Time: Jul 13, 2007
Registration Date: Feb 14, 2007
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The course will explore drivers and processes of urban change and the decisions made in the public domain to influence these processes in transitional cities. The focus of the course is on public management: the role of the public sector, and its potential approaches to impact or manage urban change. Urban policy process and facets of urban politics will be discussed and various strategic approaches to urban planning and management will be presented together with application cases.

The first week will discuss urban politics, and the urban policy and strategy process and will show how local strategies for triggering urban change and transformations of local processes can be designed or can evolve as a consequence of public sector initiatives. Through real-world examples three kinds of complex strategies will be compared: city development strategies, area-based strategies and local economic development strategies.

During the second week sector, concepts related to urban finance and organization of local service delivery will be discussed. After the systematic presentation of basic local public finance and management concepts and techniques, sector studies of transportation and utilities will show the specific applications and a complex Capital Investment Planning exercise will connect financial and organization decisions to the strategy discussions of the first week.