De-coding New Regionalism: Shifting Socio-political Contexts in Central Europe and Latin America

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Professor James W. Scott
Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., Nov 28, 2012 - Political Science - 272 pages

Bringing together comparative case studies from Central Europe and South America, this book focuses on 'new' regions – regions created as political projects of modernization and 're-scaling'. Through this approach it de-codes 'New Regionalism' in terms of its contributions to institutional change, while acknowledging its contested nature and contradictions. It questions whether these regions are merely a strategy of neo-liberal adjustment to changing political and economic conditions, or whether they are indicative of true reform, greater citizen participation and empowerment. It assesses whether these regions are really representing something new or whether they are a reconfiguration of traditional power relationships. It provides a timely critical analysis of 'region-building' and the extent to which national processes of decentralization and sub-national processes of regionalism can enhance the effectiveness and responsiveness of governance.

 

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Contents

Introduction
3
Systemic Transformation and the Politics of Scale
17
Systemic Transformation and the Implementation of New Regionalist Paradigms Experiences of Central Europe and Latin America
19
Between Crisis and Adaptation Economic Aspects of Institutional Change in Latin America and Central Europe
51
Policies of Regionalization in a Transformational Context Some Conceptual Considerations
77
Regions New Regionalism and Regime Theory Deciphering PostSocialist Institutional Change
93
Case Studies of Regionbuilding in Latin America
111
An Indecisive New Regionalism in Mexico? The Case of Jalisco
113
Redefining Regional Policies in Venezuela From Decentralization to Recentralization
161
Case Studies of Regionbuilding in Central Europe
175
Regional Development and New Regionalism in Poland
177
Regionalization in Hungary Options and Scenarios on the Road to Europe
199
Reaching for the Stars East German Urban Regions and the Vicissitudes of PlaceMaking
215
The Emergence of New Regions in Transition Romania
233
Conclusion
247
New Regionalism and Evolving Territorialities of the State
249

Decentralization and Regions in Brazil An Economic Development Perspective
135

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Dr James W. Scott is a lecturer at the Leibniz Institute for Regional Development and Structural Planning, Germany.

James Wesley Scott, Carlos Riojas, Karl-Dieter Keim, Iwona Sagan, Basilio Verduzco Chávez, Anita Kon, Catalina Banko, Grzegorz Gorzelak, Ilona Kovács Pálné , Hans-Joachim Bürkner, József Benedek.

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