The end of communism and accession to the European Union have had a huge impact on Poland. This book provides an overall assessment of the post-1989 transformation in Poland. It focuses in particular on four key themes: economic transformation and its outcomes; the heritage of the past and national identity; regional development in Poland including the implications of EU accession for regional development; and political developments both before and after EU accession. In addition the book shows how changes in all these areas are related, and emphasises the overall common themes. The book is in memory of George Blazyca, of the University of Paisley, whose work on the political economy of transition in Poland is highly regarded, and who did a great deal to support the work of Polish academic colleagues and to promote the work of young scholars.
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Part I Economic transformation and recent economic developments
1 George Blazyca on shock therapy and the third way
2 Poland’s economic development level in comparative perspective, 1950-2005
3 Foreign direct investment and the competitiveness of Polish manufacturing
MARZENNA ANNA WERESA
4 The macroeconomic effects of fiscal and monetary policy in Poland, 1993-2005 MARIAN GÓRSKI
Part II EU accession and Polish politics
5 Party Politics in Poland after the 2005 Elections.
6 Polish Experiences with European Policy Coordination 1991-2006
Part III History and national identity
7 Which way to Poland? Re-emerging from romantic unity.
8 European Civilisation or European Civilisations: the EU as a ‘Christian Club’?: Public opinion in Poland 2005.
CLARE MCMANUS- CZUBINSKA AND BILL MILLER
9 Patriotic Consumption. The origins and development of Polish vegetarianism
10 Regional identity and citizenship in Silesia
Part IV Issues in regional and local development
11 Transport and economic development: comparisons and contrasts in theory, policy and practice between Poland and the UK
12 EU funds in the Silesia Region in the first years after accession (2004-2006) ADAM DROBNIAK
13 The role of placemarketing in multifunctional rural development
14 Business Angels in Scotland and Poland: the development of an informal venture capital market
MIKE DANSON, EWA HELINSKA-HUGHES, STUART PAUL, GEOFF WHITTAM AND MICHAEL HUGHES