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Tourism and Europe’s Shifting Periphery: Post-Franco Spain and Post-Socialist Bulgaria

  • Max HolleranEmail author
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Abstract

This chapter shows how the efforts to spur cohesion between the wealthier European core and the poorer periphery yielded thriving property markets due to infrastructure grants, dismantling of foreign investment barriers, and increased international tourism. Coastal tourism spaces were particularly attractive because of the early Spanish success at re-orienting the economy using tourism and construction in the late Franco years. Much of this growth was also an effort, started by the European Community in the 1980s, to shore up post-dictatorial societies in Southern Europe by improving their economies in the hopes of nurturing fledgling democratic institutions. This model was then used in post-socialist Europe, illustrated in this chapter using the case of Black Sea tourism in post-socialist Bulgaria. This chapter shows that the grant-making process for infrastructure loans always had political goals but that these goals often went unrealized after economic priorities were achieved.

Keywords

EU cohesion Tourism Development grants Post-socialism 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Social and Political SciencesUniversity of MelbourneMelbourneAustralia

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