Strategic planning as region building on the Eastern periphery of the EU

Smith, SO 2007, 'Strategic planning as region building on the Eastern periphery of the EU' , European Planning Studies, 15 (8) , pp. 1007-1025. (In Press)

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Abstract

This article describes how region-building is performed by four strategic planning initiatives in north-eastern Slovakia, highlighting a tension between balanced and concentrated development perspectives in Slovak regional policy. The plans are read as records of an institutionalizing process, the product of which is the creation of a lasting collaborative relationship between actors. If strategic planning could fulfil a mobilizing and integrating function in eastern Slovakia, it would constitute a significant contribution to the successful negotiation of social and economic transformations associated with post-communist structural change and European Union (EU) accession. Region-building is complicated by an over-emphasis on endogenous perspectives among local actors, hindering vertical integration, and an indeterminacy about the scale at which such an integration is best performed.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Subjects / Themes > H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
Subjects / Themes > D History General and Old World > DJ Netherlands (Holland) > DJK Eastern Europe
Subjects / Themes > H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Memory, Text and Place
Subjects outside of the University Themes
Schools: Schools > School of Humanities, Languages & Social Sciences
Journal or Publication Title: European Planning Studies
Publisher: Routledge Taylor & Francis
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 09654313
Depositing User: H Kenna
Date Deposited: 13 Jan 2009 16:13
Last Modified: 30 Nov 2015 23:38
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/1080

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