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.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: 2010-12-08
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