New PDF release: Local Governance in Central and Eastern Europe: Comparing

By Tomila V. Lankina, Anneke Hudalla, Hellmut Wollmann

ISBN-10: 0230500366

ISBN-13: 9780230500365

ISBN-10: 0230591744

ISBN-13: 9780230591745

After a decade and a 1/2 decentralization reforms in post-communist states, we nonetheless be aware of little or no approximately their effect on neighborhood populations. This examine, which examines neighborhood social prone and financial merchandising within the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Russia, fills this significant hole. The e-book dispels the parable that socio-economic 'givens' or inter-governmental platforms are key determinants of neighborhood improvement. occasion political elements and native civic activism can and do make a distinction, and will take delivery of higher prominence within the literature on neighborhood functionality.

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Although at about 15 per cent the unemployment rate in Ústí is well below the rate in the neighbouring town of Most (22 per cent), the town continues to experience social problems on a large scale. Staraya Russa The city of Staraya Russa is located in the Novgorod oblast in northwest Russia, which borders on Leningrad oblast, among other regions. With a population of 747,000 people, it occupies 55,300 square kilometres. It is divided into twenty-one rayony (districts), ten cities and towns, and twenty-two urban-type settlements.

The city official in charge of social services, a quintessential social ‘activist’, maintains that she sees seeking out funding options and aggressively lobbying in federal ministries as one of her key occupational priorities. ‘If need be’, she maintained, ‘I will personally go to Moscow’. Accordingly, Staraya Russa has been successful in winning many of the federal social targeted grants, which came in the form of equipment for the local social facilities. It also won a Soros Foundation grant to help equip the local social college.

It is not until the second half of the sixteenth and the beginning of the seventeenth centuries under Habsburg rule that the town gained in economic strength. The Industrial Revolution gave a fresh impetus to the development of the originally small settlement. Over sixty brown-coal mines were opened in the town’s environs at this time and handicrafts and small industries were developed. Due to its favourable geographical location on the river and near the railway track from Berlin to Prague and Vienna, Ústí gradually became one of the most important traffic junctions and a major industrial centre of the Habsburg monarchy.

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