Urban and regional development in the Baltic States and other Central and Eastern European countries has experienced rapid changes since their re-independence at the beginning of the 1990s. Meanwhile, urban and regional planning institutions and organizational cultures in the Baltic States have only changed rather incrementally, despite various national and European pressures for reform. As a consequence, the effects of European cohesion and structural policy measures have been quite modest, and the ability of the planning systems in the Baltic states to manage contemporary trends in urban and regional development has become increasingly limited. This book focuses on these issues and tensions of spatial planning and development in the Baltic States and their distinctiveness compared to other European countries. It provides an overview of the historical and cultural context of spatial development, a discussion of the processes of Europeanization of spatial planning in the specific context of the Baltic States, and an analysis of whether these processes may be leading to policy convergence in the region.
This book was published as a special issue of European Planning Studies.
Table of Contents
1. Spatial Planning in the Baltic States: Impacts of European Policies Garri Raagmaa and Dominic Stead
2. European Integration and Spatial Rescaling in the Baltic Region: Soft Spaces, Soft Planning and Soft Security Dominic Stead
3. New Spatial Patterns and Territorial–Administrative Structures in the European Union: Reflections on Eastern Europe Jussi Sakari Jauhiainen
4. The Engagement of Territorial Knowledge Communities with European Spatial Planning and the Territorial Cohesion Debate: A Baltic Perspective Neil Adams, Giancarlo Cotella and Richard Nunes
5. From Conditionality to Europeanization in Central and Eastern Europe: Administrative Performance and Capacity in Cohesion Policy John Bachtler, Carlos Mendez and Hildegard Oraže
6. Urban–Rural Interactions in Latvian Changing Policy and Practice Context Laila Kūle
7. Europeanization and De-Europeanization of Estonian Regional Policy Garri Raagmaa, Tarmo Kalvet and Ragne Kasesalu
8. Urban Policies for the Creative Industries: A European Comparison Külliki Tafel-Viia, Andres Viia, Erik Terk and Silja Lassur
Garri Raagmaa is Associate Professor at the University of Tartu, Estonia. He has published three books and over sixty articles about regional planning and development, regional innovation, regional identity and leadership issues.
Dominic Stead is Associate Professor at Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands. He has researched and published widely on a range of issues related to urban and regional governance, including more than fifty journal articles, twenty-five book chapters and three edited books.