Society and Economics in Europe

Disparity versus Convergence?

  • Savvas Katsikides
  • Hardy Hanappi

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Mladen Maslarski
    Pages 89-103
  3. Nicholas C. Baltas
    Pages 105-113
  4. Kristina Levisauskaite, Violeta Pukeliene, Jone Kalendiene
    Pages 115-126
  5. Pavlos Ioannis Koktsidis
    Pages 137-156
  6. Evangelos Charos, Hossein S. Kazemi, Anthony J. Laramie, Douglas Mair
    Pages 185-198
  7. Konstantinos Vergos, Apostolos G. Christopoulos, Quyan Pan, Petros Kalantonis
    Pages 199-206
  8. Savvas Katsikides, Hardy Hanappi
    Pages 217-221

About this book


This book takes stock of the lessons to be learned from the experiences of different countries on their way to a transition into a unified Europe. It demonstrates how the project of a unified Europe is a social pilot project that is unique in human history, both with respect to the sheer number of people involved and with respect to the cultural diversity it aims to turn into a progressive advantage. With no historical experience at hand, the transition into a unified Europe is an exploratory process, often risky but sometimes also surprisingly successful. To improve the chances of establishing a successful unification it is particularly important that we learn from the mistakes made so far; and that we learn rapidly, since the forces working against the pilot project of Europe will gain power very fast if the unification success slows down. And as the recent developments in Greece show, the vision of the final goal itself can well change during this exciting quest. Apart from providing the pieces of a mosaic on which a more general theory can be built, this book can be read as a collection of experiences – mistakes as well as triumphs – which should help the European learning process. The structure of the book mirrors Europe’s diversity: specific country studies are combined with more general chapters, and quantitatively oriented econometric work is combined with qualitatively oriented sociological studies.


Economic Growth in Latvia Economic Integration between Cyprus and the EU Effects of Poland's Entrance into the EU European Economic Policy European Integration in South-Eastern Europe Future Development of the European Union Governance in a Future State Hungarian Labor Relations IT Industry in the USA Integral Solution for European Economic Policy NATO Enlargement in Russia and the Baltic States Non-Defense Capital Goods in the USA Polish Economy and Policy Polish Globalization and Internationalization Shangri-La Governance Social Efficiency of Computerization in Europe Socioeconomic Development in Bulgaria

Editors and affiliations

  • Savvas Katsikides
    • 1
  • Hardy Hanappi
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Social and Political ScienUniversity of CyprusNicosiaCyprus
  2. 2.Institute Institute for Mathematics in EUniversity of Technology of ViennaViennaAustria

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