The phenomenon of Renato Usatii is an object of study of American political scientists
Success in the management activity of the mayor of Beltsy Renato Usatii has become the object of study for some political scientists from the United States of America. One of them – Mitchell A. Orenstein – a professor at the University of Pennsylvania, arrived in the Beltsy town hall on a working visit.
Here the scientist got acquainted with how Renato Usatii, the mayor of the city and the leader of the opposition party, copes with the management of one of the largest cities of the country. The American political scientist learned from the representatives of the local public administration about the negative influence of the central authorities hindering the city development.
“We constantly face the problems of bureaucratic nature, which are imposed on us by persons holding important positions. The most striking example is the local government representative who is both the head of the Beltsy territorial office of the State Chancellery and the chairman of the territorial organization of the Democratic Party.”
A professor of the University of Pennsylvania was unpleasantly surprised that Renato Usatii is being persecuted by the authorities for his political views. Moreover, the American political scientist stressed that this is an exceptional case in the history of local public administration when the city administration has to manage it remotely.
“This is an exceptional case. The case of Renato Usatii is among the numerous unusual aspects of politics in Moldova. It is very surprising for us that the mayor does not reside in the city that he manages. Of course, this is a very interesting experiment – you can see how this method works. I am surprised. For the first time I am in such a city and under such circumstances.
At the same time, the Professor Mitchell A. Orenstein noted that his visit to Moldova is a step towards writing a book where he intends to draw a parallel between the geopolitical situation in Moldova and what is happening in other countries of the post-Soviet space.
“I intend to write a book where I will draw a parallel between the geopolitical situation in Moldova and the one that exists in Belarus and Ukraine, as well as with the situation in other countries of the post-Soviet space. These countries are at the center of influence, both of Russia and the EU, and often against their own free will. As a result, these countries suffer. I will try to reflect the differences between countries in my book, and how these conflicts occur in different countries, and even in different cities of the country. In particular, how the geopolitical situation affects people living in this region.”
Mitchell A. Orenstein is Professor of Central and Eastern European Policy at the Department of Slavic Studies at Pennsylvania and Harvard Universities in the United States.