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The Environment and Sustainable Development in the New Central Europe

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Volume 7

Austrian and Habsburg Studies

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The Environment and Sustainable Development in the New Central Europe

Edited by Zbigniew Bochniarz and Gary B. Cohen

280 pages, 5 maps, 17 graphs, 14 tables, bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-84545-144-8 $135.00/£99.00 Hb Published (June 2006)

ISBN  978-1-84545-503-3 $34.95/£27.95 Pb Published (December 2007)

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With the enlargement of the European Union, the accession countries are coming under pressure to develop and meet EU standards for environmental protection and sustainable development. In this ongoing process, global economic liberalization, regulatory policy, conservation, and lifestyle issues are all involved, and creative solutions will have to be found. Historians, geographers, economists, ecologists, business management experts, public policy specialists, and community organizers have come together in this volume and examine, for the first time, environmental issues ranging from national and regional policy and macroeconomics to local studies in community regeneration. The evidence suggests that, far from being mere passive recipients of instruction and assistance from outside, the people of Central and East Central Europe have been engaged actively in working out solutions to these problems. Several promising cases illustrate opportunities to overcome crisis situations and offer examples of good practices, while others pose warnings. The experiences of these countries in wrestling with issues of sustainability continue to be of importance to policy development within the EU and may serve also as examples for both developed and developing countries worldwide.

Zbigniew Bochniarz, is affiliated to the Evans School of Public Affairs at the University of Washington in Seattle. He spent over twenty years at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey Institute where he founded a Center for Nations in Transition. The Center became an international leader in delivering foreign assistance for Central and Eastern Europe. His work focuses on economic, environmental, and social aspects of sustainability of transforming economies. He is the author, co-author and/or editor of over 100 publications.

Gary B. Cohen, has been director of the Center for Austrian Studies and professor of history at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, since 2001. He teaches and publishes on modern Central European social and political history. He is the author of numerous articles and essays as well as two books, The Politics of Ethnic Survival: Germans in Prague, 1861-1914 (first edition, Princeton Univ. Press,1981; rev. 2nd ed., Purdue Univ. Press, 2005) and Education and Middle-Class Society in Imperial Austria, 1848-1918 (Purdue Univ. Press, 1996).

Subject: Environmental Studies (General) History: 20th Century to Present
Area: Central/Eastern Europe


List of Figures and Tables
Notes on Contributors

Introduction: Legacies, Challenges, and New Beginnings
Zbigniew Bochniarz and Gary B. Cohen

Chapter 1. From Communism to Climate Change: The Sustainability Challenge and Lessons from Central Europe
Robert Wilkinson

Part I: The Environment as Policy Priority

Chapter 2. Assessing Sustainability of the Transition in Central European Countries: A Comparative Analysis
Sandra O. Archibald and Zbigniew Bochniarz

Chapter 3. Sustainability and EU Accession: Capacity Development and Environmental Reform in Central and Eastern Europe
Stacy D. VanDeveer and JoAnn Carmin

Chapter 4. Sustainability of Clusters and Regions at Austria’s Accession Edge
Edward M. Bergman

Part II: The Economics of Sustainable Development

Chapter 5. Greenhouse Gases Emissions Trading in the Czech Republic
Jirina Jilková and Tomás Chmelík

Chapter 6. Ecological Reform in the Tax System in Poland
Olga Kiuila and Jerzy S´leszynski

Part III: Water Policies and Institutions

Chapter 7. The Czech Republic: From Environmental Crisis to Sustainability
Václav Mezricky

Chapter 8. The Tisza/Tisa Transboundary Environmental Disaster: An Opportunity for Institutional Learning
Eszter Gulácsy, László Pintér, and Jim Perry

Chapter 9. Austria and the EU Water Framework Directive
Wilhelm R. Vogel

Chapter 10. The Western Bug River: UNECE Pilot Project
James B. Dalton, Jr.

Chapter 11. Wastewater Treatment in the Postcommunist Danube River Basin
Igor Bodík

Part IV: Agriculture and Rural Development

Chapter 12. “Thinking Unlike a Mountain”: Environment, Agriculture, and Sustainability in the Carpathians
Anthony J. Amato

Chapter 13. New Approaches to Sustainable Community Development in Rural Slovakia
Slavomíra Macáková

Chapter 14. Sustainable Development in Moravia: An Interpretation of the Role of the Small-Town Sector in Transitional Socioeconomic Evolution
Antonín Vaishar and Bryn Greer-Wootten

Chapter 15. Building Local Sustainability in Hungary: Cross-Generational Education and Community Participation in the Dörögd Basin
Judit Vásárhelyi

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