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JOURNAL OF FACULTY OF CIVIL ENGINEERING 24, 2014.y., pp. 93-102


TRANSITIONAL PROCESSES AND THE ROLE OF CITIES IN EAST AND SOUTH-EAST EUROPE
 
DOI: 10.14415/zbornikGFS24.009
UDC: 911.375(4-11)
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Author : Stojkov, Borislav
 
 Summary:
 The cities of Eastern and South East Europe, passing through dynamic and uncertain processes of social, economic and political transition, are being confronted with serious challenges in relation to more stabilized cities of Central and, especially, Western Europe. The former policy of centralization is faced with political, administrative and economic changes, as well as with aspirations towards decentralization, regionalization and polycentrism. The confronted tendencies still dominantly influence to the level of Eastern and South East cities' competitiveness. This urgently asks for orientation towards functional positioning of cities within wider metropolitan and regional frameworks. Another crucial orientation is presented by initial tendencies of metropolitan areas linking or networking in wider regional context. Both tendencies indicate the crucial problem of city governance quality level, according to contemporary criteria instead classical and hierarchical model of executing governmental power. Some examples of cities in Eastern and South East Europe are presented in the article, as well as of some cities in Central Europe where initial phase of transition has been completed.
 
 Keywords:
 Тransition, city/metropolitan, functions, networking, governance