Social and Economic Development in Central and Eastern Europe: Stability and Change after 1990, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Social and Economic Development in Central and Eastern Europe

Stability and Change after 1990, 1st Edition

Edited by Grzegorz Gorzelak


320 pages | 10 B/W Illus.

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The integration of post-socialist Central and Eastern Europe into the EU is one of the success stories of European development. The region has seen significant economic convergence, dramatic changes in socio-economic indicators, and improvements in the natural environment. However, some challenges remain, such as political divergence, public governance issues, and population demographics.

This book identifies and analyses the key post-1990 developments across the New Member States at the sub-national and national levels, with frequent country-level and regional comparisons. Careful attention is paid to drawing out commonalities in development trajectories, while appreciating each country’s unique context. Drawing on the academic literature and illuminating empirical material, the broad range of topics discussed in the book paint a detailed picture of both change and stability in Central and Eastern Europe.

It will be valuable reading for advanced students, researchers and policymakers in regional studies, European studies, human geography, political economy and transition economics.

Table of Contents


Part I: Systemic Foundations of Transformation

1. Economic Trajectories of the post-socialist Central and Eastern European countries (Witold Orłowski)

2. Political Systems and their Impact on the Quality of Democracy and Socio-Economic Development in CEE Countries (Radosław Markowski)

3. Local Government: Progress in Decentralisation (Paweł Swianiewicz)

4. Regionalism in Central and Eastern Europe (Roman Szul)

Part II: Reforms and Challenges

5. Demographic change and challenge (Agnieszka Fihel and Marek Okólski)

6. Labour markets and social changes (Joanna Tyrowicz)

7. Scientific performance and patterns of scholarly networks (Agnieszka Olechnicka)

8. Technology upgrading and growth in Central and Eastern Europe (Slavo Radosevic and Esin Yoruk)

Part III: Regions, Space, Territory

9. Regional dynamics and structural changes in the CEE countries (Maciej Smętkowski and Grzegorz Gorzelak)

10. Land-use and ownership changes of agriculture (Jerzy Bański)

11. Transport infrastructure and accessibility (Tomasz Komornicki)

12. Environment in the context of sustainable development (Andrzej Kassenberg and Zbigniew Karaczun)

Part IV: Future Challenges of the CEE Countries within Integrated Europe

13. Cohesion policy and EU membership (John Bachtler)

14. Structural changes and future perspectives of the CEE countries (Roberta Capello)


About the Editor

Grzegorz Gorzelak is Professor of Economics at the Centre for European Regional and Local Studies (EUROREG), University of Warsaw, Poland.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Development / Economic Development
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Economics / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Economic Conditions
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Regional Planning
POLITICAL SCIENCE / World / European
POLITICAL SCIENCE / World / Russian & Former Soviet Union
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies