© 2006

The Urban Mosaic of Post-Socialist Europe

Space, Institutions and Policy

  • Sasha Tsenkova
  • Zorica Nedović-Budić

Part of the Contributions to Economics book series (CE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. The Driving Forces of Post-Socialist Change

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Zorica Nedović-Budić, Sasha Tsenkova, Peter Marcuse
      Pages 3-20
    3. Tuna Taşan-Kok
      Pages 51-70
    4. Gregory Andrusz
      Pages 71-90
  3. Urban Processes and Spatial Change

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 111-111
    2. Sonia Hirt, Atanass Kovachev
      Pages 113-130
  4. Urban Functions: Housing and Retail

  5. Urban Planning and Policy Responses

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 273-273
    2. Miodrag Vujošević, Zorica Nedović-Budić
      Pages 275-294

About this book


The book explores urban dynamics in post-socialist Europe 15 years after the fall of communism. The ‘urban mosaic’ metaphor expresses the complexity, diversity and uniqueness of the processes and spatial outcomes in post-socialist cities. The book examines the urban development and the policy and planning processes that have resulted from the socio-economic, political, and institutional transformations characterizing the move to markets and democracy. The emerging urban phenomena are illustrated with in-depth case studies, sensitive to historical themes, cultural issues and the socialist legacy. Cities featured in the book include: Kazan, St. Petersburg, Moscow, Warsaw, Prague, Komarno, Budapest, Belgrade, Bucharest, Sofia and Tirana. The edited volume is organized around the following four themes: the driving forces of post-socialist change; urban processes and spatial change; housing and retail sector transformation; and urban planning and policy responses.

"This volume provides an impressive overview of the dramatic transformations in the urban fabric and housing systems of post-socialist Europe". Larry S. Bourne, Professor of Geography and Planning, University of Toronto

"This text is a brave attempt to bring together a range of understandings of how urban systems are developing in post-socialist Europe, using both comparative data across countries and case studies of individual cities." Christine Whitehead, Professor of Economics, London School of Economics


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Editors and affiliations

  • Sasha Tsenkova
    • 1
  • Zorica Nedović-Budić
    • 2
  1. 1.Faculty of Environmental DesignUniversity of CalgaryCalgaryCanada
  2. 2.Department of Urban and Regional PlanningUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignChampaignUSA

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