This monograph examines the politics and economics in Southeast Europe.Political instability and military clashes in the Balkans during the 1990s resulted in many countries joining the European Union, or obtaining the status of candidate countries. Many others are hoping to do so soon, while moving toward greater socioeconomic stability. The co-authors of this book, both experts in the politics and economics of the region, argue that the Balkan Peninsula is a critical region in the struggle for international stability today.This book takes the reader on a historical journey through the region. The authors examine the process of European Union enlargement with a particular focus on the integration of the Balkans. They also look closely at economic growth in the region and pursue ideas for more effective policies against corruption and organized crime. The causes that have conditioned policy response and prospective policy options are also clearly illustrated. The book paints a definitive picture of a Peninsula that needs to move toward a clear and lasting membership of the European Union.
Bruno S. Sergi is currently teaching Political Economy and International Economics at the University of Messina, Italy. His expertise in analyzing economic theory, especially in unstable political contexts, has led him to publish many scholarly articles and books. Qerim Qerimi is currently teaching at the University of Prishtina, Kosovo, and is working in his expert capacity with an EU-funded project in the Office of the Prime Minister of Kosovo. He is also editor-in-chief of Human Rights & Policy Journal and the International Journal of Trade and Global Markets.
Foreword; Preface; Acknowledgments; Abbreviations and Acronyms; Chapter 1. Back to the Balkans. A Journey throughout History; Chapter 2. The Process of EU Enlargement toward Southeast Europe; An Appraisal of the Past Developments; Chapter 3. Issues and Perspectives of the Balkans Integration Process; Chapter 4. The Political Economy of Development in Southeast Europe; Chapter 5. Taxes, Infrastructures and EU Perspective Enlargement; Chapter 6. Western Balkans and EU Relations; Chapter 7. Anticorruption and Anti-organized Crime Policies; Chapter 8. The Right Way on EU Enlargement toward the Balkans; Chapter 9. Trends in Decision-Making Process. A Social Model for Europe; Chapter 10. Recommendations in the Common Global Interest; Bibliography; Index.