Spaces and Places in Central and Eastern Europe: Historical Trends and Perspectives, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Spaces and Places in Central and Eastern Europe

Historical Trends and Perspectives, 1st Edition

By Gyula Horváth


250 pages | 34 B/W Illus.

Look Inside
Purchasing Options:$ = USD
Hardback: 9780415727747
pub: 2014-07-29
SAVE ~$24.00
eBook (VitalSource) : 9781315852058
pub: 2014-08-21
from $24.98

FREE Standard Shipping!


Across Europe there is a rapidly changing context for undertaking regional development. In the 20th century, development of the former planned economies (Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania and Slovakia), was defined by these countries differences, rather than their common ideological roots. These disparities altered over time and were marked by changing social structures. However, the ranking of regions has remained the same as core areas have strengthened their positions while the structural obstacles to the modernisation of peripheral areas have remained due to a lack of coherent regional policy.

This book examines the specific regional development paths of Central and Eastern European countries and evaluates the effects of the determining factors of this process. Through analysis of the system of objectives, instruments and institutions used in different eras, and case studies of Hungary, East Germany and Germany, development models are established and compared with Western European patterns.

The book summarises the experiences of Central and Eastern European regional cooperation and examines the basic nature of the cohesion problems of the Carpathian Basin trans-national macro region. It confirms by comparative historical analyses that the transformation was indeed unique. This book will make a welcome addition to the literature for students and academics interested in the broader picture of Central and Eastern European politics, future integration within the European Union and the history of regional development processes.

Table of Contents

1. Regional transition in the Central and Eastern European countries 2. Regions in Central and Eastern Europe 3. Towards a Knowledge based regional development: decentralization of science and research 4. The German Mezzogiorno? The natural history of East German regional development 5. Regional transformation in Russia 6. Regionalism in a unitary state: the case of Hungary 7. Interregional cooperation in a Central European macro-region: the case of the Carpathian Basin

About the Author

Gyula Horváth is Professor in Regional Economics and Policy of the University of Pécs, Hungary and Scientific advisor of Institute of Regional Studies, Hungarian Academy of Sciences.

About the Series

Regions and Cities

In today’s globalised, knowledge-driven and networked world, regions and cities have assumed heightened significance as the interconnected nodes of economic, social and cultural production, and as sites of new modes of economic governance and policy experimentation. This book series brings together incisive and critically engaged international and interdisciplinary research on this resurgence of regions and cities, and should be of interest to geographers, economists, sociologists, political scientists and cultural scholars, as well as to policy-makers involved in regional and urban development.

If you would like to discuss a potential new book for the series, please contact:

Joan Fitzgerald – – Series Editor-in-Chief, or

Natalie Tomlinson – – Routledge Commissioning Editor


For more information on the Regional Studies Association visit

Did you know? There is a 30% discount available to RSA members on books in the Regions and Cities series, and other subject-related Taylor and Francis books and eBooks. To order, just e-mail Emilia Falcone,, or phone on +44 (0) 207 017 6364 and declare your RSA membership.

Learn more…

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Development / Business Development
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Development / Sustainable Development