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Development in Turbulent Times

The Many Faces of Inequality Within Europe

  • Paul Dobrescu


  • 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

Open Access

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

About the editors

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.

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