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Cross-Border Entrepreneurship and Economic Development in Europe’s Border Regions

Edited by David Smallbone, Professor of Small Business and Entrepreneurship, Small Business Research Centre, Kingston University, UK, Friederike Welter, President and Managing Director, Institut für Mittelstandsforschung (IfM) Bonn and Professor, University of Siegen, Germany and Mirela Xheneti, University of Sussex, UK
This topical study focuses on entrepreneurship and economic development in Europe’s border regions. It highlights the effects of EU enlargement in these regions – both within the EU and in neighbouring countries – paying particular attention to cross-border entrepreneurial activity.
Extent: 288 pp
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Publication Date: 2013
ISBN: 978 1 84844 768 4
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This topical study focuses on entrepreneurship and economic development in Europe’s border regions. It highlights the effects of EU enlargement in these regions – both within the EU and in neighbouring countries – paying particular attention to cross-border entrepreneurial activity.

Cross-border cooperation involving entrepreneurs is attracting increasing attention in Europe as EU enlargement has increased the length of its borders with the former Soviet republics. The expert contributors highlight that border regions tend to be economically disadvantaged as a result of their peripherality, which means that cross-border cooperation for business purposes represents a potential development tool. This groundbreaking book contains an empirical evidence base drawn from regions in EU member states and the Newly Independent States, as well as providing a conceptual base for informed policy development.

This insightful book will prove invaluable for academics and students of entrepreneurship, economics, development and European studies.
Contributors: E. Aculai, G. Agelopoulos, N. Alex, A. Bulgac, V. Gryga, N. Isakova, K. Kolarov, S. Kolb, O. Krasovska, L. Labrianidis, O. Linchevskaya, B. Piasecki, M. Pihlak, A. Pobol, A. Rogut, M. Slonimska, A. Slonimski, D. Smallbone, K. Todorov, U. Venesaar, N. Vogiatzis, E. Voutira, F. Welter, M. Xheneti, P. Zashev
Contents:

1. Entrepreneurship in Europe’s Border Regions
David Smallbone, Friederike Welter and Mirela Xheneti

PART I: CONCEPTUAL ISSUES
2. Consequences of EU Enlargement for Economic Development in Border Regions
Urve Venesaar and Merle Pihlak

3. Trust, Learning and Cross-border Entrepreneurship
Friederike Welter, Nadezhda Alex and Susanne Kolb

PART II: REGIONAL CASE STUDIES FROM THE EU
4. Cross-border Cooperation Within an Enlarged Europe: Görlitz–Zgorzelec
Anna Rogut and Friederike Welter

5. Cross-border Cooperation in the Bulgaria–Greece–FYR of Macedonia Triangle
Lois Labrianidis, Kiril Todorov, Georgios Agelopoulos, Efi Voutira, Kostadin Kolarov and Nikos Vogiatzis

PART III: REGIONAL CASE STUDIES FROM THE NIS
6. EU Enlargement and SME Development in Moldovan Border Regions
Elena Aculai and Adela Bulgac

7. Cross-border Cooperation and Innovation in SMEs in Western Ukraine
Nina Isakova, Vitalii Gryga and Olha Krasovska

8. Cross-border Entrepreneurial Cooperation at the Household Level: Belarus and EU Countries
Anton Slonimski, Anna Pobol, Olga Linchevskaya and Marina Slonimska

PART IV: POLICY PERSPECTIVES
9. Cluster Development and Cluster Policies in EU Border Regions
Peter Zashev

10. Governance Structures and Practices in Cross-border Cooperation: Similarities and Differences between Polish Regions
Anna Rogut and Bogdan Piasecki

11. Public Policy and Cross-border Entrepreneurship in EU Border Regions: An Enabling or Constraining Influence?
David Smallbone and Mirela Xheneti

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