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"Competitiveness Strategies, Resource Struggles and National Interest In the New Europe"

Ellison, David L. (2005) "Competitiveness Strategies, Resource Struggles and National Interest In the New Europe". In: UNSPECIFIED, Austin, Texas. (Unpublished)

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    The New Member States face considerable challenges as members of the New Europe. This paper analyzes the economic development interests of these countries both in the context of their pre-membership strategies and of the evolving EU policy framework. While previous strategies involved the extensive use of investment promotion schemes and innovative forms of corporate taxation, EU membership constrains these practices in significant ways. Based primarily on the case of Hungary, this paper questions the advantages of EU membership for these states and further questions the ability of the EU policy framework to appropriately address their development needs. In many respects, the advantages of the enlargement appear better suited to appease Western interests in reducing the degree of competition over resources. As such, this paper predicts a persistent division of interests in the New Europe along what one might call a developmental divide, with less advanced states promoting more interventionist strategies and advanced states ultimately promoting a re-nationalization of EU redistributional spending.

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    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Economic competitiveness; economic development.
    Subjects for non-EU documents: EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > regional policy/structural funds
    EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > cohesion policy
    Countries > Cyprus
    EU policies and themes > External relations > EU-Central and Eastern Europe
    Countries > Malta
    Countries > Hungary
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series and Periodicals: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Conference: European Union Studies Association (EUSA) > Biennial Conference > 2005 (9th), March 31-April 2, 2005
    Depositing User: David L. Ellison
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 10 May 2005
    Page Range: p. 5
    Last Modified: 15 Feb 2011 17:25

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