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The Routledge Handbook to Regional Development in Central and Eastern Europe

1st Edition

Edited by Gábor Lux, Gyula Horváth


324 pages | 36 B/W Illus.

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Twenty-five years into transformation, Central and Eastern European regions have undergone substantial socio-economic restructuring, integrating into European and global networks and producing new patterns of regional differentiation and development. Yet post-socialist modernisation has not been without its contradictions, manifesting in increasing social and territorial inequalities. Recent studies also suggest there are apparent limits to post-socialist growth models, accompanying a new set of challenges within an increasingly uncertain world.

Aiming to deliver a new synthesis of regional development issues at the crossroads between ‘post-socialism’ and ‘post-transition’, this book identifies the main driving forces of spatial restructuring in Central and Eastern Europe, and charts the different regional development paths which take shape against the backdrop of post-crisis Europe. A comparative approach is used to highlight common development challenges and the underlying patterns of socio-economic differentiation alike. The issues investigated within the Handbook extend to a discussion of the varied economic consequences of transition, the social structures and institutional systems which underpin development processes, and the broadly understood sustainability of Central and Eastern Europe’s current development model.

This book will be of interest to academics and policymakers working in the fields of regional studies, economic geography, development studies and policy.


"The reviewed book represents a reference work summarizing the main characteristics of regional development issues in Central and East European countries, members of the European Union. It is a synthesis of the structural characteristics, differences and common features of regional development with a focus on the socio-economic processes. Among the most effective parts of the book, I would like to mention its synthetic character: the authors managed to provide a comprehensive view on regional development issues in the CEE region. Such a study closes a significant gap in the scientific knowledge of this region. Of particular interest, in my opinion, is the cross-cutting issue, which can be identified across all the chapters of the book, namely, evidencing the role of capital cities and metropolitan regions, which seem to be more integrated into the broader European urban system than within their own hinterland."

- Igor SÎrodoev Ovidius, University of Constanta and University of Bucharest, Romania

Table of Contents

1. Regional Development Paths in Central and Eastern Europe and the Driving Forces of Restructuring: An Introduction

Gábor Lux

Part 1: Economic Transformation Processes Before and Beyond the Crisis

2. Reintegrating Economic Space: The Metropolitan–Provincial Divide

Gábor Lux

3. Industrial Competitiveness: Beyond Path-dependence

Gábor Lux

4. The Role of Business and Finance Services in Central and Eastern Europe

Zoltán Gál and Sándor Zsolt Kovács

5. The Transformation of Rural Areas in Central and Eastern Europe

Péter Póla

6. Factors Influencing Regional Entrepreneurial Activity in Central and Eastern European Regions

Balázs Páger

7. Creativity and Culture in Reproducing Uneven Development Across Central and Eastern Europe

Márton Czirfusz

Part 2: Social Structures and Governance

8. Changing Settlement Networks in Central and Eastern Europe with Special Regard to Urban Networks

Zoltán Hajdu, Szilárd Rácz and Réka Horeczki

9. The Development of Regional Governance in Central and Eastern Europe: Trends and Perspectives

Ilona Pálné Kovács

10. Managing Regional Disparities

László Faragó and Cecília Mezei

11. Rebordering Central and Eastern Europe: Cohesion Policy, Cross-border Cooperation and "Differential Europeanization"

James W. Scott

12. (Ethno)regional Endeavours in Central and Eastern Europe

Nóra Baranyai

Part 3: Challenges in Sustainable Development

13. The Regional Dimension of Migration and Labour Markets in Central and Eastern Europe

Jan Sucháček and Mariola Pytliková

14. The Changing Role of Universities and the Innovation Performance of Regions in Central and Eastern Europe

Balázs Páger and Zoltán Gál

15. Transition and Resilience in Central and Eastern European Regions

Adam Drobniak, Adam Polko and Jan Sucháček

16. New Trends in Central and Eastern European Transport Space

Ferenc Erdősi

17. Nature and Spatial Planning in Central and Eastern Europe Countries

Andrea Suvák

18. Spatial Researches in Central and Eastern Europe

Gyula Horváth

19. Conclusion: An Evolutionary Look at New Development Paths

Gábor Lux and László Faragó

About the Editors

Gábor Lux is Senior Research Fellow at the CERS Institute for Regional Studies, the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Pécs, Hungary.

Gyula Horváth was Research Advisor and former Director-General of the CERS Institute for Regional Studies, the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Pécs, Hungary.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Earth Sciences / Geography
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Human Geography


'A comprehensive and highly informative analysis of regional development in Central and Eastern Europe.’

Petr Pavlínek, Department of Geography & Geology, University of Nebraska Omaha, USA

'The development of the regions in the macro-region Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) differ from other regions because the starting position and institutional setting is different from the western EU member states. Starting from this perspective the unique advantage of this book is that the best scholars of these CEE regions give in depth insight in the specific similarities and differences in the driving forces of the restructuring processes occurring in these regions. It also addresses the major issues with regard to social structures and governance, challenges for sustainable development and the implications for regional policy. All in all a must read for those interested in regional development in regions in all parts of Europe. ’

Jouke van Dijk, University of Groningen, The Netherlands and President of the European Regional Science Association (ERSA)