The expansion of the European Union in 2004 has had significant consequences for both existing and new members of the Union. New member states are assimilating into a new institutional and policy framework, while the changing geography of Europe provides a different context for policy development in pre-2004 member states. One of the more important fields in which these changes are impacting is regional development. The admission of the new countries changes patterns of economic and social disparities across the territory of the European Union, which in turn demands that existing approaches to regional development are reconsidered. An approach which has proved to be one of the most innovative is spatial planning. This book brings together a team of academics and policy makers from across the new Europe involved in regional development and spatial planning. Providing insights into different approaches, it offers a valuable opportunity to compare experiences across European borders.
'Over the past decade there have been a number of important theoretical developments in our understanding of the continued significance of subnational territories within an ever more closely integrated European and global market. Regional Development and Spatial Planning in an Enlarged European Union is an up to date collection of essays that begins to chart the development of the different forms of subnational spatial development strategies across the continent. Students, analysts and commentators of European studies, planning, economic development, and environmental studies will find the collection to be timely and essential reading.' Mark Tewdwr-Jones, University College London, UK 'Bringing together both conceptual and evidence-based analysis, the book provides a well grounded, open and critical discussion about the potential and factual contribution of spatial planning to balanced regional development in different European contexts. In doing so, the book allows for illuminating insight on the strengths and weaknesses of the multi-faceted "Europeanization" of spatial planning and makes very useful, and certainly pleasant, reading for all those concerned with spatial planning and regional development.' Artur da Rosa Pires, University of Aveiro, Portugal '…some interesting insights into the value of spatial planning. The chapters on the case studies of nations and regions will no doubt mean that the book will be of detailed interest for ongoing research on planning and urban and regional development in those particular national settings.' Environment and Planning B 'Regional Development and Spatial Planning in an enlarged European Union extends the literature on spatial planning in Europe in two ways. First, it consolidates the debate about the utility and practicality of spatial planning in promoting a cohesive and balanced regional development in the expanded EU. Second- and this is its greatest contribution- it provides a comparative perspective on the p