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Development in Turbulent Times

The Many Faces of Inequality Within Europe

Editors: Dobrescu, Paul (Ed.)

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  • Explores all the relevant areas of governance, including health services, education, economy, infrastructure, and natural environment
  • Presents empirical evidence from Central and Eastern Europe
  • Offers a cross-sectoral, interdisciplinary, and cross-national perspective
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This open access book explores the most recent trends in the EU in terms of development, progress, and performance. Ten years after the 2008 economic crisis, and amidst a digital revolution that is intensifying the development race, the European Union, and especially Central and Eastern Europe, are ardently searching for their development priorities.

Against this background, by relying on a cross-national perspective, the authors reflect upon the developmental challenges of the moment, such as sustainable development, reducing inequality, ensuring social cohesion, and driving the digital revolution. They particularly focus on the relation between the less-developed Eastern part of the EU and its more developed Western counterpart, and discuss the consequences of this development gap in detail.

Lastly, the book presents a range of case studies from different areas of governance, such as economy and commerce, health services, education, migration and public opinion in order to investigate the trends most likely to impact the European Union's medium and long-term development.

About the authors

Paul Dobrescu, PhD, is the founder of the College of Communication and Public Relations at the National University of Political Studies and Public Administration, Bucharest, Romania. From 2008 to 2012, he acted as the Rector of the University. During his long and productive academic career, he published numerous books and articles, and coordinated the academic and research activities of the Faculty of Communication and Public Relations. His research interests include globalization and development studies, as well as geopolitics. Dobrescu’s books have been translated and published by prestigious international publishing houses, and include The Century of the Emerging World: Development with a Vengeance (Cambridge Scholars Publishing 2017), Les Crises Post-crise: Un Monde Sans Boussole Ni Hégémonie (L'Harmattan 2017), La Ruse de la Mondialisation: L’assault Contre la Puissance Américaine (L'Harmattan 2015). Currently, he is the research coordinator of the EU-funded project State of the Nation: Designing an Innovative Instrument for Supporting Public Policies in Romania.

Table of contents (14 chapters)

Table of contents (14 chapters)
  • Introduction

    Pages 3-11

    Dobrescu, Paul

  • Why Do Some Countries Develop and Others Not?

    Pages 13-30

    Goldin, Ian

  • Measuring the Hard-to-Measure in Development: Dimensions, Measurement Challenges, and Responses

    Pages 31-45

    Buffardi, Anne L. (et al.)

  • Get It Right This Time? Leaving the Periphery of the European Economic Development

    Pages 47-58

    Păun, Cristian (et al.)

  • “Nous Choisissons L’Europe”: EU’s Economic Development and Current Challenges

    Pages 59-71

    Volintiru, Clara (et al.)

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Book Title
Development in Turbulent Times
Book Subtitle
The Many Faces of Inequality Within Europe
  • Paul Dobrescu
Springer International Publishing
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VIII, 197
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33 b/w illustrations, 5 illustrations in colour