Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
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978-1-4422-1598-6 • Hardback • February 2013 • $126.00 • (£97.00)
978-1-4422-1600-6 • eBook • February 2013 • $114.00 • (£88.00)
Jennifer A. Yoder is the Robert E. Diamond Professor of Government and Global Studies at Colby College.
Chapter 1: A Framework for Understanding Region Building in Post-communist Europe
Chapter 2: Poland: The Leader of the Pack
Chapter 3: The Czech Republic: Reluctant Regionalization
Chapter 4: Slovakia: Belated and Incomplete Regionalization
Chapter 5: Hungary: The Exceptional Case?
Appendix A: Snapshots of Regionalization in Western Europe
Appendix B: The ECE Regions in the EU
Appendix C: Voter Turnout for Regional and National Elections
Appendix D: Election Outcomes by Region and Year
Since the collapse of the communist regimes in 1989, eastern Europe has generally been less supportive of regionalism than western Europe, although the decentralization of the state and the reallocation of power among different levels of government were considered important elements of the democratization process during the 1990s. In this five-chapter book, Yoder (Colby College) asks why this is the case. By comparing and contrasting the central European countries of Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Hungary, Yoder examines the key role of political elites and political advantage in determining the scope and pace of territorial-administrative reform and regionalization. With chapters dedicated to individual countries, this well-written and well-argued volume will be of interest for students of local government, regional studies, and transition politics in eastern Europe and beyond. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduate, graduate, research, and professional collections.
— Choice Reviews
The why, how, and consequences and implications for democratic transformation from subnational regional governments in four post-communist East Central European (ECE) and EU countries are very cogently analysed in Jennifer Yoder’s study. . . .The book is a useful resource as well as a very carefully argued study of politics as the major determinant of institutional change in post-communist countries. Its framework of analysis and insights is especially welcome to those like myself who envisage real democratic change in countries like Russia, much less further along than these four, ultimately arising from viable subnational government and politics.
— Europe-Asia Studies
Why has regionalism not taken off in Central and Eastern Europe the way it has in much of Western Europe? Jennifer Yoder presents a carefully researched and convincing explanation, focused on the role of political elites and political advantage. This is an important book for both students of regional studies and transition scholars.
— Michael Keating, University of Aberdeen
Jennifer Yoder provides us with an exemplary comparative analysis of the processes of regionalization and territorial-administrative reform in four East Central European countries following the end of communism. Well-researched, clearly written, and lucidly argued, Yoder’s study shows how the ECE countries are different from their Western European neighbors, and also from each other.
— Michael J. Baun, Valdosta State University