Local Innovations for Growth in Central and Eastern Europe

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Local development strategies represent an important response to the challenges of globalisation, while providing a mechanism for seizing the new opportunities that globalisation offers. Nearly two decades after the fall of the Berlin wall, this book evaluates progress made and identifies what needs to be done to speed up the drive towards prosperity in Central and Eastern Europe. It demonstrates that the success of local development strategies depends on the capacity of the government and its partners to accelerate change within the policy and governance aspects of economic and social development.



Building a Governance Framework that Enables the Establishment of Partnerships in Slovenia

Comparison with Ireland and Finland

The process of building new forms of governance is of critical importance in Slovenia, where reforms have established regional development partnership structures to foster economic and employment development throughout the country. The comparison of Slovenian achievements with Irish and Finnish ones indicates that governance structures should link urban centres and the rural regions surrounding them to help to determine the specialisation of regions and stimulate their capacity for innovation. It also suggests that there is a lack of capacity in both technical and more strategic, bargaining and consensus building skills. The Slovenian analysis also points to the roles and responsibilities of national governments in providing a suitable strategic framework for local and regional initiatives and for setting up institutional structures that favour an implementation of policies that is consistent with shared goals locally.


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