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.



Local Governance for Economic Development

A Comparative Analysis of Canadian and Irish Conditions and its Lessons for Poland

Poland faces many exciting and challenging times today and tomorrow in its quest for an expanded and diversified national economy and the sustainable development of its regions, and their constituent communities. The comparative review of some Canadian and Irish experience suggests a number of issues that might productively be part of the ongoing refinement of Poland’s local development policies and strategies. Notably, the existence of regional economic development structures should not obfuscate a lack of an overarching development strategy, which can detract from the local development agendas and leave a vacuum between regional and local development initiatives. Moreover, the emergence of governance systems does not replace strong, well resourced local government. The question of capacity in local economic development is a central consideration.


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