Public Policy Making in the Western Balkans

Case Studies of Selected Economic and Social Policy Reforms

Editors: Thomas, Margo, Bojicic-Dzelilovic, Vesna (Eds.)

  • Features detailed case studies of public policy reforms in the western Balkans
  • Includes valuable comparative analysis of public policy making across the region
  • Provides vital detail on the economic and social policy of the region
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About this book

Developing and ‘transition’ economies face myriad challenges in their attempts to achieve and maintain political stability and foster the economic growth essential for national security, the social well-being of current citizens and sustainable environments for future generations. Governments in the Western Balkans have striven to achieve all of the above, and this volume assesses the nature of their experiences as well as the level of their success in doing so. Featuring detailed case studies of public policy reforms in the region as well as comparative analysis on a range of indicators, the book analyzes the role of key players in setting the political agenda as well as implementing policy reforms. It also distils the lessons that can be learned from the Western Balkan experience, recommending strategies for enhancing the policy making process. In addition, it examines the developmental role played by the full spectrum of policy actors, including the private sector, NGOs, special interest groupings, international financial institutions, donor nations and the EU.

Each case study has been prepared by academics with deep knowledge and experience of the western Balkans and addresses a core set of questions: identifying the policy issue and its broader context, defining the roles of specific individuals in formulating policy and reform and assessing the influence of networks and coalitions in the policy making process. With so little detailed literature on public policy making in a group of nations strategically positioned between Europe, Russia and the near East, the detailed insights provided by this volume will be widely welcomed.

Our book provides case studies of specific public policy reform episodes in selected Western Balkan post-conflict and transition countries. The focus of these case studies extends beyond the technical aspects and entails substantive examination of the policy actors, constituencies and politics that ultimately shape the policy that emerges from the policy making process. This analysis draws lessons for strengthening the quality of policies, the transparency, consistency, and governance of the policy making process and ultimately for contributing to economic and social development of the region.

Table of contents (12 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Bojicic-Dzelilovic, Vesna (et al.)

    Pages 1-14

  • Shaping Social Policies in the Western Balkans: Legal and Institutional Changes in the Context of Globalisation and Post-socialist Transformation

    Babović, Marija (et al.)

    Pages 17-43

  • Fiscal Policy and Competitiveness in Croatia

    Drezgić, Saša

    Pages 45-67

  • Building Competitiveness and Increasing Trade Potential in the Western Balkans: Policy Making in Preparing for European Integration

    Bjelić, Predrag

    Pages 69-89

  • The Political Economy of Economic Liberalisation and Competitiveness in Bosnia and Herzegovina

    Čaušević, Fikret

    Pages 91-111

Buy this book

eBook $99.00
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-94-017-9346-9
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $129.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-94-017-9345-2
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $129.00
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  • Customers within the U.S. and Canada please contact Customer Service at 1-800-777-4643, Latin America please contact us at +1-212-460-1500 (Weekdays 8:30am – 5:30pm ET) to place your order.
  • Due: October 27, 2016
  • ISBN 978-94-017-7946-3
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Public Policy Making in the Western Balkans
Book Subtitle
Case Studies of Selected Economic and Social Policy Reforms
Editors
  • Margo Thomas
  • Vesna Bojicic-Dzelilovic
Copyright
2015
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Netherlands
eBook ISBN
978-94-017-9346-9
DOI
10.1007/978-94-017-9346-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-94-017-9345-2
Softcover ISBN
978-94-017-7946-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 244
Number of Illustrations and Tables
25 b/w illustrations
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