Reconstructing the regional economy : industrial transformation and regional development in Slovakia /
Adrian Smith.
Cheltenham, UK ; Northampton, Mass. : Edward Elgar Pub., 1998.
xvii, 434 p. : ill., maps ; 23 cm.
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Cheltenham, UK ; Northampton, Mass. : Edward Elgar Pub., 1998.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [393]-430) and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Adrian Smith is Lecturer in Human Geography and a member of the Centre on the Changing Political Economy of Europe at the University of Sussex, UK
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Main Description
Reconstructing the Regional Economy is a book that seriously and vigorously explores the origins and processes of uneven regional economic development in the post-socialist sphere. The combination of theoretical understanding and extensive empirical knowledge provides a wholeness of presentation that is convincing and impressive. It is a significant work that will both contribute to, and further, our understanding of post-socialist transformation. Melonie Feakins, European Planning Studies . . . it presents one of the first attempts by and economic geographer to produce an empirically rigorous and theoretically informed analysis of the regional dimensions of post-communist economic transformation. It not only provides original insight into reconstructing the regional economy in Slovakia, it provides a framework that can be applied to similar studies in other communist states. It is already essential reading for any graduate student contemplating research on the regional dimensions of economic transformation. The elegant simplicity of its structure is one of the many strengths of the book. Michael Bradshaw, Economic Geography The book is essential reading for anyone teaching or researching the transition of ECE, particularly because it provides a wider view of these processes. In addition, it is a highly suitable text for students because its clear presentation and lucid style make it accessible. Jane Hardy, Progress in Human Geography . . . the best parts of the book . . . point to the importance of detailed empirical study and to the recognition of diversity even within individual countries. Martin Myant, Slavic Review Notwithstanding the voluminous transition literature, there has been a relative paucity of studies which focus attention on the differentiated passage of post-socialist transformations at a variety of scales and in a variety of places. This book makes a significant contribution to countering that paucity and to developing many concepts and perspectives often marginalized in work on the transition in east central Europe and the former Soviet Union. By focusing on Slovakia, Adrian Smith brings to our attention the experiences of a country rarely analysed and provides less well-known examples of the nature and impacts of economic and social transformation. For these reasons, his monograph should be welcomed by both area specialists and by those with broader interests in regional development. . . Furthermore, Smith s introductory and concluding chapters raise important issues for a much wider audience. I would have no hesitation in recommending these chapters to students looking for a way into understanding post-socialist transformations. . . The book contains a rich, theoretically-informed study of socialist and post-socialist transformations which will be of interest to a variety of different audiences, who should be encouraged to read it in different ways. Alison Stenning, Regional Studies The current economic transition in Central and Eastern Europe is leading to the emergence of significant fragmentation within regions and between countries. The competitive struggle for scarce resources and global markets during the transition to capitalism in Eastern and Central Europe has caused countries to move away from a process of regional convergence which existed under state socialism to regional divergence. This book focuses on regional economic change in Eastern and Central Europe using Slovakia as a case study. It explains the relationship between industrial change and regional development, and discusses fragmentation within the context of the legacy of the state socialist industrialization model. The book interweaves up-to-date empirical analysis with theoretical debates and uses regional case studies to highlight key issues. Reconstructing the Regional Economy examines both the limits and scope of regional capitalist development, documenting the nature and causes of uneven development in Slovakia.
Table of Contents
List of figuresp. ix
List of tablesp. xi
Prefacep. xv
Introduction: the regional question and approaches to transition in Eastern and Central Europep. 1
Regional Development, Industrial Restructuring and Eastern and Central Europe
The regional question and uneven development in Eastern and Central Europep. 41
State Socialism and Regional Development
The state socialist model of development and the political economy of industrialization in Czechoslovakiap. 63
The state socialist development model, forced industrialization and regional convergencep. 111
Comparative regional development and industrial restructuring: from feudalism to dependent capitalism and state socialism in Martin and Liptovsky Mikulasp. 153
The Transition to Capitalism and Regional Development
The collapse of state socialism and the transition to capitalism: towards a new development model?p. 181
Uneven development and regional economic fragmentation in the transition to capitalismp. 255
Regional structures, regulation and industrial and state strategies in Martin and Liptovsky Mikulasp. 303
Conclusions and Alternatives
Conclusion: from capitalism to state socialism ... and back again? Alternative trajectories and regional developmentp. 377
Referencesp. 393
Indexp. 431
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