Integration, Growth, and Cohesion in an Enlarged European Union

Integration, Growth, and Cohesion in an Enlarged European Union
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by John Bradley,George G. Petrakos,Julia Traistaru

  • Publisher : Springer Science & Business Media
  • Release : 2006-01-27
  • Pages : 348
  • ISBN : 0387228543
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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This book contributes fresh theoretical and empirical evidence on patterns of regional production structures, specialization, regional disparities, convergence and divergence processes and evaluation of cohesion policies in both current and future European Union (EU) member states in the context of increased integration. These subjects are addressed in both individual and cross-country analyses using innovative methodologies. The book is an essential reading for a large audience including researchers and policy makers working in the fields of economic integration, transition economics and regional development. The thirteen contributions brought together in this book are the result of recent research undertaken in the framework of a larger project initiated and coordinated by the Center for European Integration Studies (ZEI) of the University of Bonn on determinants of regional specialization, growth and convergence in the context of European integration. A number of these papers were presented to a conference on “European integration, regional convergence, location of industrial activity and labour market adjustment” initiated by the Center for European Integration Studies of the University of Bonn and organized jointly with the Center for European Studies of the University “Alexandru Ioan Cuza” of Iasi, Romania. We gratefully acknowledge the financial support from the European Commission Framework Programme and the Center for European Integration Studies of the University of Bonn.

Integration, Growth, and Cohesion in an Enlarged European Union

Integration, Growth, and Cohesion in an Enlarged European Union
A Book

by John Bradley,George G. Petrakos,Julia Traistaru

  • Publisher : Springer
  • Release : 2008-11-01
  • Pages : 348
  • ISBN : 9780387502038
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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This book contributes fresh theoretical and empirical evidence on patterns of regional production structures, specialization, regional disparities, convergence and divergence processes and evaluation of cohesion policies in both current and future European Union (EU) member states in the context of increased integration. These subjects are addressed in both individual and cross-country analyses using innovative methodologies. The book is an essential reading for a large audience including researchers and policy makers working in the fields of economic integration, transition economics and regional development. The thirteen contributions brought together in this book are the result of recent research undertaken in the framework of a larger project initiated and coordinated by the Center for European Integration Studies (ZEI) of the University of Bonn on determinants of regional specialization, growth and convergence in the context of European integration. A number of these papers were presented to a conference on “European integration, regional convergence, location of industrial activity and labour market adjustment” initiated by the Center for European Integration Studies of the University of Bonn and organized jointly with the Center for European Studies of the University “Alexandru Ioan Cuza” of Iasi, Romania. We gratefully acknowledge the financial support from the European Commission Framework Programme and the Center for European Integration Studies of the University of Bonn.

Regional Disparities in the Enlarged European Union

Regional Disparities in the Enlarged European Union
Geography, innovation and structural change

by Valentina Meliciani

  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release : 2015-10-14
  • Pages : 190
  • ISBN : 1317806638
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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The last twenty years have seen an increase in European integration and the emergence of the technological revolution. Although tighter integration coupled with technological innovation should facilitate cross-regional convergence, some European regions have managed to jump ahead while others have been left behind. This book examines the regional characteristics that favour growth and analyses the relevance of innovation, socio-economic and structural factors in shaping regional economic disparities. In this book, particular attention is devoted to the EU enlargement towards the East, to its consequences on Europe’s traditional North-South divide, and to the increasing regional disparities in new member states after the transition. It demonstrates the growing importance of innovation and human capital in explaining the increase in income and employment disparities in old EU members, particularly after the 2008 financial crisis. It also shows that for newcomers, regional disparities are essentially linked to socio-economic factors as capital regions approach Western standards, while others - mainly old industrial regions and peripheral ones - lag behind. This book integrates theoretical discussion with empirical evidence and will appeal to regional scientists interested in regional inequalities, and to policy makers concerned with devising effective strategies to tackle regional disparities in Europe.

The Impact of European Integration on Regional Structural Change and Cohesion

The Impact of European Integration on Regional Structural Change and Cohesion
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by Christiane Krieger-Boden,Edgar Morgenroth,George Petrakos

  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release : 2008-04-02
  • Pages : 336
  • ISBN : 1134146973
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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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.

Overcoming Fragmentation in Southeast Europe

Overcoming Fragmentation in Southeast Europe
Spatial Development Trends and Integration Potential

by Panayiotis Getimis

  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release : 2017-11-28
  • Pages : 353
  • ISBN : 1351151908
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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With the expansion of the European Union, the countries of Southeast Europe have finally been brought together within one socio-political entity. The restructuring of these economies following globalization and neoliberalization has meant that this region has become much more open to geopolitical shifts and trends. While the various countries have all entered into the slow process of European integration, the historic fragmentation of this region has led to various conflicts and contradictions in the restructuring and transition of national economies. This volume provides a theoretical and comparative overview which examines the prospects for spatial cohesion in this region. With the need to handle persisting problems and conflicts from the past while coping with new economic and political structures, Southeast Europe proves to be a challenging yet fruitful testing ground for how best to overcome fragmentation and establish a long-term process of social and economic integration.

Economic Growth and Structural Features of Transition

Economic Growth and Structural Features of Transition
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by E. Marelli,M. Signorelli

  • Publisher : Springer
  • Release : 2010-01-20
  • Pages : 314
  • ISBN : 0230277403
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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This book examines, theoretically and empirically, the key aspects and differences of economic growth. It provides a comprehensive investigation of the numerous features of development in transition countries, covering the last two decades, from the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 to the current financial crisis.

Cohesion and Growth

Cohesion and Growth
The Theory and Practice of European Policy Making

by Willem Molle

  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release : 2015-05-15
  • Pages : 322
  • ISBN : 1317539613
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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To combat economic disparity and low growth, the European Union has established an integrated policy system that pursues increased cohesion and smart, sustainable, and inclusive growth. This integrated approach is realized through thousands of development projects and takes up more than a third of the total budget of the European Union. Despite its significance, the policy is subject to many misunderstandings and there is a lot of controversy surrounding its effectiveness. Cohesion and Growth seeks to bring clarity to these issues. It presents both the theoretical and practical aspects of EU intervention, a critical contribution to the understanding of the anatomy of the problems and the way to apply effective solutions to them, and a systematic view of the issues at each of the subsequent stages of the whole policy cycle. Offering an authoritative analysis of the problems and debates involved, this book is essential reading for students, policy makers, project promoters and researchers concerned with this key area of European policy making.

Poland in the Single Market

Poland in the Single Market
Politics, economics, the euro

by Anna Visvizi,Anna Matysek-Jędrych,Katarzyna Mroczek-Dąbrowska

  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release : 2020-10-21
  • Pages : 350
  • ISBN : 1000228533
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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By all accounts, the case of Poland and its segue to market economy and democracy is a success story: 30 years of uninterrupted growth and development, infrastructure expansion, and modernization of the economy and society. Epochal changes have unfolded in a timespan of merely three decades. Change has taken place so fast that children born in late 1980s and onwards cannot remember what life in Poland under communism was like and cannot relate to it. Also, many elderly people, easy victims of romanticizing their own youth, tend to forget. As a result, the uniqueness of Polish transition and transformation, the boldness and efficiency of reforms, and the success that Polish society mastered together, tend to be undermined today both domestically and internationally. Poland has now been a member of the EU for more than 15 years. During that time, Poland’s image on the EU scene evolved from newcomer, through ‘model child’, champion of growth, to – in some respects – a maverick. This volume’s objective is to remind society, old and young, researchers, scholars and practitioners, that Poland’s success is an outcome of well-thought out and bold structural reforms implemented in a swift and timely manner, of society’s support for these reforms, and of third actors’ benign assistance. Looking back on the 30 years since the collapse of communism, and at the over 15 years of EU membership, this book offers an interdisciplinary, comprehensive and critical insight into factors and processes that have led to today’s Poland.

Regional Analysis and Policy

Regional Analysis and Policy
The Greek Experience

by Harry Coccossis,Yannis Psycharis

  • Publisher : Springer Science & Business Media
  • Release : 2008-08-02
  • Pages : 394
  • ISBN : 3790820865
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Regional development is attracting the attention of policy makers and scientists again, as regions, urban centers and rural areas, experience substantial pressures, particularly in Europe, as a consequence of globalization and geopolitical changes which lead to changes in spatial structures and dynamics. This book is based on the contributions of Greek regional science research presented at the 2006 Congress of the European Regional Science Association at Volos, Greece. The contributions selected to be presented in this book address these changes offering a fresh look into regional development. They provide an overview of regional development concerns from Greek regional scientists but the issues discussed pervade Greek particularities and stimulate thinking about regional science, regional development and regional policy in the early twenty-first century.

Europe as Empire

Europe as Empire
The Nature of the Enlarged European Union

by Jan Zielonka

  • Publisher : OUP Oxford
  • Release : 2006-04-07
  • Pages : 304
  • ISBN : 0191537713
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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This book seeks to comprehend the evolving nature of the European Union following the fall of the Berlin Wall and the failure of the European Constitution. Its prime focus is the last wave of enlargement that has profoundly transformed the EU. Although there are many parallels between the European integration process and state building processes, the Union is nothing like a Westphalian super state. The new emerging polity resembles a kind of neo-medieval empire with a polycentric system of government, multiple and overlapping jurisdictions, striking cultural and economic heterogeneity, fuzzy borders, and divided sovereignty. The book tries to spell out the origin, the shape, and the implications of this empire. The aim of this book is to suggest a novel way of thinking about the European Union and the process of European integration. The book shows 'two Europes' coming together following the end of the cold war. It proposes a system of economic and democratic governance that meets the ever greater challenges of modernization, interdependence, and globalization. It identifies the most plausible scenario of promoting peaceful change in Europe and beyond. The author argues that mainstream thinking about European integration is based on mistaken statist assumptions and suggests more effective and legitimate ways of governing Europe than through adoption of a European Constitution, creation of a European army, or introduction of a European social model. The book covers many fields from politics, and economics to foreign affairs and security. It analyzes developments in both Eastern and Western Europe. It also gives ample room to both theoretical and empirical considerations.

Geography, Institutions and Regional Economic Performance

Geography, Institutions and Regional Economic Performance
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by Riccardo Crescenzi,Marco Percoco

  • Publisher : Springer Science & Business Media
  • Release : 2012-12-13
  • Pages : 436
  • ISBN : 3642333958
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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The book aims to present “traditional features” of regional science (as geographical concepts and institutions), as well as relatively new topics such as innovation and agglomeration economies. In particular it demonstrates that, contrary to what has been argued by recent economics literature, both geography and institutions (or culture) are relevant for local development. In fact, these phenomena, along with the movement of goods and workers, are among the main reasons for persisting development differentials. These intriguing relationships are at the heart of the analysis presented in this book and form the conceptual basis for a promising institutional approach to economic geography.

Drivers of Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Regional Dynamics

Drivers of Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Regional Dynamics
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by Karima Kourtit,Peter Nijkamp,Roger R. Stough

  • Publisher : Springer Science & Business Media
  • Release : 2011-06-10
  • Pages : 388
  • ISBN : 3642179401
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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The need for informed and effective insights into key concepts and models of regional development and growth, from an endogenous growth perspective, has risen over the past decade. These recent advances address in particular local and regional assets and characteristics comprising inter alia creativity, knowledge, innovation forces and entrepreneurship. Access to and exploitation of these modern forms of human and social capital are of paramount importance for the dynamic regional economic environment in a city or region. This volume offers an overview and critical treatment of the spatial-economic roots, opportunities and impacts of new growth strategies, mainly from an evidence-based perspective. In the various contributions to this volume, relevant findings and strategic options are interpreted and discussed from both an analytical and a policy perspective to help cultivate creativity, human capital development and innovation as well as entrepreneurial activity, with a view to exploit the drivers of economic development, in order to strengthen the competitive edge of cities and regions.

The European Competitiveness and Transition Report 2001-2002 : Ratings of Accession Progress, Competitiveness, and Economic Restructuring of European and Transition Economies

The European Competitiveness and Transition Report 2001-2002 : Ratings of Accession Progress, Competitiveness, and Economic Restructuring of European and Transition Economies
Ratings of Accession Progress, Competitiveness, and Economic Restructuring of European and Transition Economies

by World Economic Forum

  • Publisher : Oxford University Press, USA
  • Release : 2002-02-28
  • Pages : 144
  • ISBN : 9780199760749
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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For over a decade, central and eastern Europe has been at the center of one of the most profound economic and political transformation in history. At the start of the 1990's, the region embarked on an ambitious reform program to depart from central planning towards more market-based economies. A decade later, and amid significant difficulties, the region has achieved remarkable accomplishments, with several countries becoming increasingly integrated into the global economy. Political structures have been transformed and new institutions have emerged. Indeed, the progress in structural reforms achieved in the region has been so substantial that several countries are now at the threshold of European Union membership. Aware of the significance of the successful integration of central and eastern Europe into the global economy, the World Economic Forum and Harvard University are proud to introduce The European Competitiveness and Transition Report, a thorough review of the transition process that has unfolded in the last decade. This comprehensive report presents new data and expert commentary on what the facts say about the enlargement of the European Union and the competitiveness and growth potential of both Europe and the candidate countries. It addresses the many important factors that will determine how these countries will fare in terms of economic growth over the next ten to twenty years. Written by independent experts, The European Competitiveness and Transition Report 2001-2002 is a truly unique data-driven guide that lays out the facts and reveals the real issues behind European enlargement.

Regional Development and Spatial Planning in an Enlarged European Union

Regional Development and Spatial Planning in an Enlarged European Union
A Book

by Neil Adams

  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release : 2016-04-01
  • Pages : 304
  • ISBN : 1317069099
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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The expansion of the European Union in 2004 has had significant consequences for both existing and new members of the Union. New member states are assimilating into a new institutional and policy framework, while the changing geography of Europe provides a different context for policy development in pre-2004 member states. One of the more important fields in which these changes are impacting is regional development. The admission of the new countries changes patterns of economic and social disparities across the territory of the European Union, which in turn demands that existing approaches to regional development are reconsidered. An approach which has proved to be one of the most innovative is spatial planning. This book brings together a team of academics and policy makers from across the new Europe involved in regional development and spatial planning. Providing insights into different approaches, it offers a valuable opportunity to compare experiences across European borders.

Female Entrepreneurship in Transition Economies

Female Entrepreneurship in Transition Economies
Trends and Challenges

by V. Ramadani,S. Gërguri-Rashiti,A. Fayolle

  • Publisher : Springer
  • Release : 2015-04-22
  • Pages : 281
  • ISBN : 1137444517
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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This book explores different topics in the field of female entrepreneurship, such as motivational factors of female entrepreneurs, career perspectives of women, social female enterprises, tourism and hospitality, and emotional and institutional support of female entrepreneurial initiatives in the perspective of different transitional countries.

Economics and Policies of an Enlarged Europe

Economics and Policies of an Enlarged Europe
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by Carlo Altomonte,Mario Nava

  • Publisher : Edward Elgar Publishing
  • Release : 2006-01-01
  • Pages : 448
  • ISBN : 1845426673
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Increasingly, policies and laws commonly agreed within the EU shape the political and economic scenarios of nation states in Europe. However, the same European context is radically changing, essentially due to three major recent developments: the adoption of the Euro, EU enlargement to the east and the implementation of the Lisbon Strategy of structural reforms for growth and competitiveness. The book presents a thorough economic analysis of these three events and of their implications for both existing and potential EU policies and objectives. Carlo Altomonte and Mario Nava have written a very rigorous text in an accessible and jargon-free style, ensuring easy acquisition of invaluable insights into the European economic set-up and the possible evolution of EU policies, including an update on the reform of the Growth and Stability Pact and of the 2007 13 Financial Perspectives. The accessibility of economic concepts combined with the methodological rigour of this up-to-date text will be of great interest to both policy makers and students.

Converging Europe

Converging Europe
Transformation of Social Policy in the Enlarged European Union and in Turkey

by Ipek Eren Vural

  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release : 2016-05-13
  • Pages : 296
  • ISBN : 1317159934
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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'Converging Europe' evaluates the impact of European integration on social policy development since the launch and re-launch of the Lisbon strategy discussing the challenges posed by the still unfolding global economic crisis of 2007-2009. Given the unsettling economic conditions, does European coordination of social policies generate more social cohesion and integration or growing xenophobia, nationalism and exclusion? Informed by diverse theoretical perspectives, this book brings together a team of international experts working on an extensive range of policy issues central to the Lisbon agenda such as labour market policies, social protection systems, and social exclusion/poverty. Contributions assess the interfaces between European integration, the Lisbon strategy and social policy in three groups of countries related to the EU: old member states; the new member states; and a candidate country - Turkey. The richness of content and data allows rigorous analysis and critical comparative insights not only on the social outcomes of the Lisbon strategy but also more broadly on the dynamics and dimensions of European social policy. Pioneering the scholarly reflections on the repercussions of the global economic crisis of 2007-2009 for both the road map drawn at Lisbon and viability of national systems of social provision in Europe, this book is an important acquisition for policy makers and academics alike.

Macroeconomic Effects of EU Transfers in New Member States

Macroeconomic Effects of EU Transfers in New Member States
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by Céline Allard

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 2008
  • Pages : 57
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Large inflows from the European Union to the New Member States are likely to significantly impact macroeconomic outcomes. In this paper, we use the IMF's Global Integrated Monetary and Fiscal model (GIMF) to analyze the impact of the transfers and show the conditions under which they would help speed up convergence. We find that the EU funds need to be directed predominantly to investment rather than to income support and that to best accompany the EU fund inflows, the policy-mix would need to combine counter-cyclical policy with a strong commitment to the existing monetary regime

Regional Convergence in the European Union

Regional Convergence in the European Union
Facts, Prospects and Policies

by Juan R. Cuadrado-Roura,Marti Parellada

  • Publisher : Springer Science & Business Media
  • Release : 2013-03-14
  • Pages : 368
  • ISBN : 3662047888
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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The introduction of the single currency in the European economic space constitutes without doubt the most visible step towards monetary and economic integration in the EU. Those who boosted the birth of the Common Market in 1957 dreamt that this would one day come about as a logical consequence of the integration process. However, things have gone much more slowly than possibly imagined, although if taken in an adequate historic perspective, it is undeniable that the agreements that have led to European Monetary Union signify a really formidable jump in the process of political and economic integration in Europe. This is something many doubted would ever happen, but which is already a reality, although still in need of a period of consolidation. The most general economic consequences of the EMU have already been analysed in considerable depth. Proof of this is the literature already available. In general, there is coincidence in affirming that the balance of the results expected is clearly positive. Firstly, as a result of the anticipated gains in efficiency, a consequence of reduction of transaction costs associated to the previous existence of different currencies and of the elimination of exchange rate uncertainties.

Trade Specialization in the Enlarged European Union

Trade Specialization in the Enlarged European Union
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by Dora Borbély

  • Publisher : Springer Science & Business Media
  • Release : 2006-09-21
  • Pages : 216
  • ISBN : 3790817058
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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This study analyzes trade specialization patterns in the enlarged European Union with a special focus on the new EU member states and the cohesion countries. Empirical findings on revealed comparative advantage and a broader picture of competitiveness on the single market are presented from a sectoral trade point of view. Further, the author analyzes whether trade specialization patterns converge within the enlarged EU.