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.
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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
3 Local government: progress in decentralisation
4 Regionalism in Central and Eastern Europe
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
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
11 Transport infrastructure and accessibility
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
Grzegorz Gorzelak is Professor of Economics at the Centre for European Regional and Local Studies (EUROREG), University of Warsaw, Poland.