|European Regional Science Association|
The abstract for paper number 405:
Marijana Sumpor, Ekonomski institut, Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia, Nenad Starc, Ekonomski institut Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia
Pro-Active Regional Development Policy - the Croatian Case
The paper deals with existing regional development discrepancies in Croatia and discusses possibilities of initiating dormant development potentials and closing development gaps. Bottom up policy approach is analysed in view of Croatian specific regional features that call for careful design of a specific bottom up – top down policy. Such a policy requires efficient communication between national and local government levels, coordinated design of regional and structural measures, capacity building of local self-government structures and thorough development programming. Qualitative development factors like institutions, political environment and social capital are attached a particular importance. Almost totally neglected today these factors deserve a special attention in future Croatian development policy formation. Monitoring and evaluation of policy measures appear equally neglected and deserve a special attention as well. At the end, a pro-active regional policy is scoped and particular measures and projects proposed.
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