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.


Governance and Local Economic Development: In Search of an Appropriate Governance Structure for Croatia

Fostering local economic development in Croatia is primarily an administrative task of the 21 counties, the current units of regional self-government. However, the big cities alone succeed in attracting population and economic activity, and have therefore more strength and capacity to support economic development than other counties. Also, counties are small regions by European standards. The analysis shows that the existing administrative-territorial setup and functions that derive from the relevant legislation in Croatia do not match the needs of economic growth and development at the local level. The situation could be improved by a clarification in the responsibilities of the counties, the establishment of sound governance mechanisms, a local statistics base and the recognition of the development role of the urban centres.


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