Cover: Slouching towards Budapest: a trip report

Slouching towards Budapest: a trip report

Published 1990

by Steven W. Popper

Purchase Print Copy

 Format Price
Add to Cart Paperback38 pages $20.00

This paper describes the economic and political situations in Hungary as they appeared to the author during a two-week visit in October 1989. Following the collapse of the communist party structure, Hungary has headed toward a democratic, multiparty system. Hungary's economy is weak, and the problems of past mismanagement will not be easily solved: foreign investment regarded as a necessary evil; abounding corruption; and division of state-owned properties are among many troubling issues. The author suggests that the Hungarian experience with democratic rule is limited and therefore in need of aid and guidance from the West, particularly from the United States.

This report is part of the RAND paper series. The paper was a product of RAND from 1948 to 2003 that captured speeches, memorials, and derivative research, usually prepared on authors' own time and meant to be the scholarly or scientific contribution of individual authors to their professional fields. Papers were less formal than reports and did not require rigorous peer review.

This document and trademark(s) contained herein are protected by law. This representation of RAND intellectual property is provided for noncommercial use only. Unauthorized posting of this publication online is prohibited; linking directly to this product page is encouraged. Permission is required from RAND to reproduce, or reuse in another form, any of its research documents for commercial purposes. For information on reprint and reuse permissions, please visit www.rand.org/pubs/permissions.

RAND is a nonprofit institution that helps improve policy and decisionmaking through research and analysis. RAND's publications do not necessarily reflect the opinions of its research clients and sponsors.