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The post-communist states of South East Europe (SEE) have a strong commitment to decentralisation as a means to contribute to the consolidation of democracy, and to improve institutions for local economic and social development. However, the experience of transition in post-communist SEE has been to widen regional and local inequalities, creating a vulnerability of the affected regions to external shocks such as the recent economic crisis and consequent threats to political stability. This book explores the nature and effectiveness of policies of decentralisation and regional development in this less well studied part of Europe. It identifies the impact of decentralisation and regional development on spatial inequalities, and evaluates the policy responses in different political and institutional environments.


Description

The post-communist states of South East Europe (SEE) have a strong commitment to decentralisation as a means to contribute to the consolidation of democracy, and to improve institutions for local economic and social development. However, the experience of transition in post-communist SEE has been to widen regional and local inequalities, creating a vulnerability of the affected regions to external shocks such as the recent economic crisis and consequent threats to political stability. This book explores the nature and effectiveness of policies of decentralisation and regional development in this less well studied part of Europe. It identifies the impact of decentralisation and regional development on spatial inequalities, and evaluates the policy responses in different political and institutional environments.


Contents

PART I: INTRODUCTION
Decentralisation Paradigms in South East Europe: an Introduction; W.Bartlett, S.Maleković & V.Monastiriotis
PART II: DECENTRALISATION AND LOCAL DEVELOPMENT
Explaining Puzzles in Local Development and Transformation; B.Dallago
Less is More: Decentralisation in Croatia and its Impact on Regional Development; D.Alibegović
Local Economic Development in Montenegro; W.Bartlett & B.Šišević
PART III: DECENTRALISATION IN ETHNICALLY DIVIDED SOCIETIES
Decentralisation and Regionalisation in Bosnia and Herzegovina; V.Bojičić-Dzelilović
Decentralsation in Kosovo: Furthering National Unity of Ethnic Isolation? L.Burema
Decentralisation as an Effective Tool of State-Building? The Cases of Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kosovo; L.Srzić
PART IV: IMPLEMENTATION DEFICITS - CASE STUDIES
Decentralisation and Regional Policy in Eastern Europe: Considerations on Romania and Bulgaria; C.Matiuta
The Integration of Administrative and Fiscal Decentralisation: The Case of Albania: E.Gjini
The Role of the Third Sector in Providing Social Services at the Local Level in Transitional Serbia; M.Kolin
Does Strategic Planning of Local Economic Development in Vojvodina Municipalities Improve Cooperation between Public and Private Sectors? D.Mijačić
Towards Policy Entrepreneurship at Community Level: The Impact of Decentralisation on Local Public Services in Macedonia; M.Risteska
PART V: SPATIAL INEQUALITIES
The Nature of Spatial Inequalities in SEE and the Scope for Decentralised Regional Policy: an Analysis of Bulgaria and Serbia; V.Monastiriotis
The Long-run Evolution of Regional Inequalities: Evidence from Croatia; I.Bićanić & V.Pribičević


Authors

William Bartlett is Senior Research Fellow at the London School of Economics, UK, and Honorary Professor at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He has been Lecturer in Development Economics and Comparative Economic Systems at the Universities of Southampton, Bath and Bristol; Research Fellow at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy; and Professor of Social Economics at the School for Policy Studies, University of Bristol. He has been President of the International Association for the Economics of Participation (IAFEP, 1998–2000) and President of the European Association for Comparative Economic Studies (EACES, 2006–8). He has worked as Senior Economic Advisor to the European Commission in Kosovo, and as a consultant to the European Parliament, the European Training Foundation, UNDP, the World Bank and other international organizations on various assignments in SEE.

Sanja Malekovic is Senior Research Fellow in the Institute for International Relations, Zagreb, Croatia. She has been a lecturer for the postgraduate course on European Studies at the University of Padua (EU Cohesion Policy) and is currently a lecturer for the postgraduate course on EU Economics at the Faculty of Economics in Zagreb, as well as Business Academy Experta on the subject of EC Cohesion Policy. She has been engaged as an expert on a number of projects supported by the EC, UNDP, World Bank, ILO and Croatian central and regional government institutions related to regional development and policy as well as evaluation of development programmes.

Vassilis Monastiriotis is Senior Lecturer in the Political Economy of South Eastern Europe at the European Institute at the London School of Economics, UK. He is currently Director of the LSE Research unit on Southeast Europe (LSEE) and Research Affiliate at the Hellenic Observatory and the Spatial Economics Research Centre (SERC). He is co-editor of Spatial Economic Analysis and a Committee Member of the Regional Science Association International (British & Irish Section). His research covers a range of topics from labour economics and employment relations to regional economics, economic growth and macroeconomic policy. His publications include articles in the Journal of Regional Science, Regional Studies, Empirical Economics, Review of Development Economics, and others. In 2008 he received the Moss Madden Memorial Medal in Regional Science.