Reconstructing the Regional Economy: Industrial Transformation and Regional Development in Slovakia

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Edward Elgar Pub., 1998 - Business & Economics - 434 pages
'. . . the best parts of the book . . . point to the importance of detailed empirical study and to the recognition of diversity even within individual countries.' - Martin Myant, Slavic Review 'Notwithstanding the voluminous transition literature, there has been a relative paucity of studies which focus attention on the differentiated passage of post-socialist transformations at a variety of scales and in a variety of places. This book makes a significant contribution to countering that paucity and to developing many concepts and perspectives often marginalized in work on "the transition" in east central Europe and the former Soviet Union. By focusing on Slovakia, Adrian Smith brings to our attention the experiences of a country rarely analysed and provides less well-known examples of the nature and impacts of economic and social transformation. for these reasons, his monograph should be welcomed by both area specialists and by those with broader interests in regional development. . . Furthermore, Smith's introductory and concluding chapters raise important issues for a much wider audience. I would have no hesitation in recommending these chapters to students looking for a way into understanding post-socialist transformations. . . the book contains a rich, theoretically-informed study of socialist and post-socialist transformations which will be of interest to a variety of different audiences, who should be encouraged to read it in different ways.' - Alison Stenning, Regional Studies Reconstructing the Regional Economy examines both the limits and scope of regional capitalist development, documenting the nature and causes of uneven development in Slovakia. It addresses industrial and restructuring strategies, arguing that current progress must be understood within the context of the past, and that the present complex mix of old and new economic and institutional structures contribute significantly to economic fragmentation and divergence.

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