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Three Decades of Transformation in the East-Central European Countryside

  • Jerzy Bański

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Transformation of the Rural Space

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Bálint Csatári, Jenő Zsolt Farkas, József Lennert
      Pages 21-54
    3. Antti Roose, Garri Raagmaa, Jaak Kliimask
      Pages 73-98
    4. Antonín Vaishar, Milada šťastná
      Pages 99-116
  3. Demographic and Social Changes

  4. Development Challenges and the Future Perspectives

About this book


This book identifies, diagnoses and evaluates social and economic processes taking place in the rural areas of Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) states in the last 25 years and affecting the immediate future, with a particular focus on their spatial diversity. It addresses questions related to the rationality of the current development policy and possible results in the future. Contemporary processes of socio-economic development are typified by the fact that spatial and regional disparities are tending to increase. This unfavourable phenomenon manifested both in society and in terms of polarised space needs to be counteracted using an effective development policy.

The book highlights issues concerning demography, functional structure and non-agricultural activity, and identifies new challenges arising from membership of the European Union (EU). Accession to the EU and the opportunity to implement support measures has further increased the dynamism of transformation – a process that proceeded under various scenarios and different regulations and assumptions that have yet to be identified and evaluated. Furthermore, the current internal policies of individual CEE states concerning rural areas are diverse and likely to affect differential future development.

The book is based on the knowledge and experience of scientists from countries in the region investigated, who have the best understanding of the subject matter and have observed the transformations. It is intended for researchers exploring the development of the countryside and practitioners dealing with regional and national development policies targeting rural areas.


Central and Eastern Europe New Member States Countryside Changes Transformation of Rural Areas Socio-economic Processes Regional and Local Development Policy and Planning System

Editors and affiliations

  • Jerzy Bański
    • 1
  1. 1.Polish Academy of SciencesInstitute of Geography and Spatial OrganizationWarsawPoland

About the editors

Professor Jerzy Bański is a full professor of Human Geography at the Institute of Geography and Spatial Organization, Polish Academy of Sciences (IGSO PAS), Warsaw. His main research interests include: rural and agricultural geography, land use, regional policy, spatial organization and local development. Since 2008 he has been the Head of the Department of Rural Geography and Local Development at the IGSO PAS and from 2018 he is the Director of the IGSO PAS. From 2006 to 2012 was the President of the Polish Geographical Society, and from 2017 has been the Chair of the Local and Regional Development Commission of the International Geographical Union. Jerzy Bański is the author of 370 publications, including 21 books and more than 170 reviewed papers. He was the co-ordinator of 40 research projects and took part in 35 other national and international projects.

Bibliographic information


“I would recommend the book to every reader who interested in rural areas, agriculture, local development, local societies and economies, and to all researchers and teaching staff whose interests are connected with post-socialist transition and/or Central and Eastern European region.” (Gabor Nagy, Eurasian Geography and Economics, October 28, 2019)