Master in European Regional Development Studies

The Development of Southeastern Europe

Course subject

This course focuses on the development of the Southeastern Europe (SEE) and on the fundamental changes that characterize it by its compound route in the path of transition and integration. Goal is to approach and study the salient factors and issues that have determined the economic structure, evolution and prospects of the area.

In the 20-years transition period, SEE has faced tremendous problems as has experienced economic crisis, prolonged macro-economic instability, severe structural deficiencies and decline in the life standards. This course attempts to approach the most important issues and determinant factors in the evolution of SEE and to indicate the prospects that (or should) constitute a development tool. Some of the themes that are studying are the economic crisis and asymmetries, skewed productive patterns, trade relations and dependencies, spatial divisions and regional disparities, cross-border interactions and dynamics, and some policy issues.
 

Assessment

Student performance evaluation will be based on the presentation of two papers (40%), the discussion of the presentations (20%) and on an essay of 3,000 words for the causes, management and impact of economic crisis in the regions of selected Balkan countries (40%).

Bibliography

  • Kotios A. and Petrakos G. (2002) Restructuring and Development in Southeastern Europe. Volos: SEED - University of Thessaly Press.
  • Petrakos G. and Liargovas P. (2003) Regional Development and Cross-Border Cooperation in Southeastern Europe. Volos: SEED - University of Thessaly Press.
  • Petrakos G. and Totev S. (2001) The Development of the Balkan Region. Aldershot: Ashgate.
  • Petrakos G., Kotios A. and Chionis D. (2003) International and Monetary Issues of Transition in Southeastern Europe. Volos: SEED - University of Thessaly Press.
  • Petrakos G. (2000) The Development of the Balkans. Volos: University of Thessaly Press.
  • Bitzenis A. (2009) The Balkans: FDI and EU Accession. Ashgate Publishing Ltd, UK.
  • Bartlett W. and Uvalić M. (2013) The social Consequences of the Global Economic Crisis in South East Europe. LSE European Institute.