DOI: 10.19830/j.upi.2020.173
The Development of Strategic Spatial Planning in Central and Eastern Europe: Between Path Dependence, European Influence, and Domestic Politics

Marcin D?browski, Katarzyna Piskorek

Keywords: Strategic Planning; Europeanisation; EU Cohesion Policy; Historical Institutionalism; Poland; Czech Republic; Hungary


Focusing on three of the Central and Eastern European countries – Poland, Czech Republic, and Hungary – the paper investigates the evolution of spatial planning systems and the introduction of strategic planning practices from the beginning of the post-communist transition in the early 1990s to the present. It sheds new light on this issue by applying the conceptual lens of historical institutionalism to explain this process and elucidate the role of the accession to the European Union (EU) as a catalyst for change. In particular, the paper identifies and analyses the critical junctures at which path dependencies emerged and later constrained the capacity of the regional and local actors to adjust to the EU Cohesion Policy framework and engage in strategic planning as part of it.


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