Integration and Transition in Europe: The Economic Geography of Interaction

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With the harmonization of the EU economies, and issues of EU enlargement and integration with Europe's transition economies topping the political agenda, the economic geography of Europe is being recast. This important volume analyses the spatial implications of the integration-transition process, and examines key issues such as north-south and east-west divides, regional cooperation and cross-border dynamics.

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Economists and geographers from across Europe analyze the spatial implications of the ongoing integration and transition process, focusing on the key dynamics of emerging pan-European geography. They examine issues such as the north-south and east-west divides, patterns of regional development, factor movements, regional trade patterns, cooperation, and cross-border dynamics. The main perspectives are a macro-geographic view of integration and transition process, and spatial adjustments or policy responses at the national or regional level. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Table of Contents

List of figures
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List of abbreviations
1 The new economic geography of Europe: an introduction 1
2 The spatial impact of East-West integration in Europe 38
3 Regional disparities in the EU through the lens of official statistics 69
4 Urban change in an integrating Europe 100
5 The dilemmas of regional policy in the transition countries and the territorial organisation of the state 131
6 Regional labour market differentials during transition in Hungary 150
7 The new regional structure in Hungary 170
8 Employment problems and regional differences in Central and Eastern Europe: the need for local development initiatives 187
9 The significance of EU integration for transition countries 200
10 The Iron Curtain in the mind: a comparison of mental maps of business students in Vienna and Bratislava 217
11 Scope and structure of Austria's foreign direct investment in Eastern Europe 234
12 Export competition between Central and Eastern European countries in the EU market 257
13 Greece and the Balkans: the challenge of integration 269
Index 295
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