, Volume 55, Issue 2, pp 557-568

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Local environmental action plans and the `glocalisation' of post-socialist governance: The Macedonian experience

  • Stefan BuzarovskiAffiliated withSchool of Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford

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Local Environmental Action Plans (LEAPs) are a useful starting point for the theoretical and empirical unravelling of the global post-Fordist socio-economic drive, within the framework of environmental policy devolution in Transition. Accordingly, this paper aims to identify the interconnected economic, social and political specifities involved in the formulation and institutionalisation of such projects in the Republic of Macedonia. Seven LEAPs - broadly representative of the immense micro-scale physical and social diversity of the country - have been selected for detailed review, so as to provide more fine-tuned insights that should be relevant for the wider LEAP process in Macedonia and beyond. Preliminary evidence about the realisation of these initiatives indicates that comprehensive implementation is highly dependent upon the realistic political and economic abilities (and interests) of local and national elites, plus international organisations.

environmental policy devolution glocalisation local environmental action plans local governance Macedonia sustainable development the Balkans