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Social and Economic Development in Central and Eastern Europe
Stability and Change after 1990




ISBN 9781138324299
Published September 9, 2019 by Routledge
372 Pages - 118 B/W Illustrations

 
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Book Description

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 paints 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

List of figures

List of tables

List of maps

Notes on contributors

Introduction

PART I Systemic foundations of transformation

1 Trajectories of the economic transition in Central and Eastern Europe

WITOLD M. ORŁOWSKI

2 Political systems, socio-economic development and the quality of democracy 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 OKOLSKI

6 Labour markets

JOANNA TYROWICZ AND PETER SZEWCZYK

7 Running faster or measuring better? How Central and Eastern European science is catching up with Western Europe

AGNIESZKA OLECHNICKA AND ADAM PŁOSZAJ

8 Technology upgrading and growth in Central and Eastern Europe

SLAVO RADOSEVIC, DENIZ E. YORUK AND ESIN YORUK

PART III

Regions, space, territory

9 Regional dynamics and structural changes in Central and Eastern European countries

GRZEGORZ GORZELAK AND MACIEJ SMĘTKOWSKI

10 Land-use and ownership changes of agriculture

JERZY BAŃSKI

11 Transport infrastructure and accessibility

TOMASZ KOMORNICKI

12 Environmental transformation in CEE countries

ZBIGNIEW M. KARACZUN AND ANDRZEJ KASSENBERG

PART IV The future challenges of the CEE countries within integrated Europe

13 Cohesion Policy in Central and Eastern Europe: is it fit for purpose?

JOHN BACHTLER AND MARTIN FERRY

14 Structural changes and future perspectives of CEE economies

ROBERTA CAPELLO

Conclusions

Index

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Editor(s)

Biography

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