Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Envisaging Development in the Contemporary Society: Theory and Public Debates

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Paul Dobrescu
      Pages 3-11 Open Access
    3. Ian Goldin
      Pages 13-30 Open Access
    4. Anne L. Buffardi, Tiina Pasanen, Simon Hearn
      Pages 31-45 Open Access
    5. Cristian Păun, Florina Pînzaru
      Pages 47-58 Open Access
    6. Clara Volintiru, Gabriela Drăgan
      Pages 59-71 Open Access
    7. Jérôme Creel
      Pages 73-88 Open Access
    8. Paul Dobrescu, Flavia Durach
      Pages 89-101 Open Access
  3. Challenges and Opportunities for Development in the Post-Crisis Period

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 103-103
    2. Alina Bârgăoanu, Raluca Buturoiu, Flavia Durach
      Pages 105-118 Open Access
    3. Juergen Braunstein, Asim Ali
      Pages 119-132 Open Access
    4. Kalliopi Kasapi, Andriana Lampou, George Economakis, George Androulakis, Ioannis Zisimopoulos
      Pages 133-152 Open Access
    5. Diana-Maria Cismaru, Nicoleta Corbu
      Pages 171-183 Open Access

About this book


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.


Open Access Economic crisis Economic development in the European Union Economic and social inequality Globalization and development Measuring economic development and inquality Central and Eastern Europe

Editors and affiliations

  • Paul Dobrescu
    • 1
  1. 1.National University of Political Studies and Public AdministrationBucharestRomania

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