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Europe's periphery

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Abstract:

Carl Rowlands considers the economic, socio-geographical and cultural characteristics that are common to the 2004 EU 'accession' countries – the former communist countries of Eastern Europe. He argues that their probable future is as a permanent 'peripheral zone' on the eastern fringe of Europe. Using interviews with those studying the region and those currently active in politics, he attempts to assess who has benefited from the economic conditions prevalent in these states. By looking at the trends and political tendencies of the area, he attempts to outline the emergence of a distinctive political economy in the region.

Keywords: EASTERN EUROPE; EUROPEAN UNION; PERIPHERAL STATES; POLITICAL ECONOMY; PRIVATISATION; REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT; SHOCK TREATMENT

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.3898/136266210793790909

Publication date: 2010-12-08

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