Edited by three European editors and spanning across Europe, this excellent study focuses on the effects of the European integration process on the inter-regional division of labour in both western and Eastern European countries.
Using extensive empirical analysis of the changes of regional specialization over a period of two decades, observing its causes and consequences the authors show economic integration as a relocation of resources across sectors and space.
The authors argue that the resulting challenge to both regional and social cohesion in the enlarged European Union may require a reorientation of cohesion policy at European, national and local levels. Disaggregated national data sets with respect to both the sectoral and spatial levels are combined with an analysis of both regional structural change and the role of foreign direct investment in this process.
This book will be of great interest to post graduate students and researchers interested in international trade and regional economics as well as policy makers engaged with regional and structural changes at both a European and national level.
Table of Contents
1. Regional Structural Change and Cohesion in the Enlarged European Union: An Introduction 2. Specialization and Concentration in a Polarized Country: The Case of Italian Regions 3. Economic Integration and Structural Change: The Case of Irish Regions 4. A Southern Perspective on Economic Integration and Structural Change: The Case of Greek Regions 5. Southern Enlargement and Structural Change: Case Studies of Spain, Portugal and France 6. Regional Structural Change at the Interface between Old and New Member States: The Case of Austrian Regions 7. Eastern Enlargement in a Nutshell: Case Study of Germany 8. European Integration, Regional Structural Change and Cohesion in Poland 9. Economic Integration and Structural Change: The Case of Hungarian Regions 10. Regional Economic Divergence Patterns in the Czech Republic 11. The Regional Economic Structure of Romania, 1992-2001 12. Economic Integration and Structural Change: The Case of Bulgarian Regions 13. The Location of Multinational Enterprises in Central and Eastern European Countries 14. Structural Change and Regional Policy: Concluding Remarks
Christiane Krieger-Boden is at the Kiel Institute for World Economics, Germany.
Edgar Morgenroth is based at the Economic and Social Research Institute, Dublin, Ireland.
George Petrakos is at the University of Thessaly, Greece.