Geographia Polonica (1995) vol. 66

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Specific features of regional development in Central and Eastern Europe — the inheritance of socialism

Hans Van Zon

Geographia Polonica (1995) vol. 66, pp. 161-175

Abstract

It is argued that regional development issues in Central and Eastern Europe differ in many respects from those in Western Europe. Generally, in Central and Eastern Europe regional economies are less developed and the economic geography is shaped according to another spatial logic, related to the inheritance of socialism. Territorial fragmentation comes to the fore and the degree of integrational vacuum at the national level develops. This is above all in the larger successor states of the Soviet Union. Regional and local authorities should focus on furthering endogenos development potential rather than on lobbying for external financial assistance. It means above all furthering a networking economy and furthering innovative activities.

Keywords: Central and Eastern Europe. Regional development, Economic geography. Networking economy

Hans Van Zon, University of Sunderland Edinburgh Building Chester Road Sunderland, SR 1 3SD, United Kingdom