The Balkans: Foreign Direct Investment and EU Accession: 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

The Balkans: Foreign Direct Investment and EU Accession

1st Edition

By Aristidis Bitzenis


424 pages

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The fall of communism and subsequent developments have put a renewed spotlight on the potential of the Balkan economies. Bulgaria, Albania, Serbia & Montenegro, Romania and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia are countries which have attracted low levels of investment and poor political leadership in most of the countries has delayed much needed reforms. However, there are now signs of improvement and this timely book fills a significant gap in the available literature. Demonstrating that these countries must engage as fully as possible with the world economy via EU accession, this book explores the implications of the specific characteristics of these countries which have made the transition process more difficult. This exciting new volume is valuable reading for students, academics and business professionals interested in international development in the Balkans.


'This book by Aristidis Bitzenis ably guides the reader through a very complex story, focusing on the key roles played by Foreign Direct Investment and steps towards EU accession in setting the Balkans on a more positive development path.' Paul Hare, Heriot-Watt University, UK '…essential reading for international experts and observers to comprehend aspects of the Balkan Peninsula. Aristidis Bitzenis is perhaps the best I have ever read at performing this crucial analysis…' Bruno S. Sergi, University of Messina, Italy '…a necessary tool of study for students, academics and business professionals interested in international development in the Balkans…It is easy� reading without diminishing the academic credentials of the book. I wholeheartedly recommend this book.' John Marangos, Colorado State University, USA

About the Author

Aristidis Bitzenis is Assistant Professor at the University of Macedonia in Department of International and European Studies, Greece.

About the Series

Transition and Development

Transition and Development
The Transition and Development series provides high quality research books that examine transitional and developing societies in a broad sense - including countries that have made a decisive break with central planning as well as those in which governments are introducing elements of a market approach to promote development. Books examining countries moving in the opposite direction will also be included. Titles in the series will encompass a range of social science disciplines. As a whole the series will add up to a truly global academic endeavour to grapple with the questions transitional and developing economies pose.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Economics / General