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Potentials for East - West integration: the case of foreign direct investment


  • M van Geenhuizen
  • P Nijkamp


Reshaping the relationships between Western Europe and the former communist bloc is one of the most intriguing challenges for the coming years. Will Central and Eastern Europe become passive players in the European and world economy, or will companies located there become integrated as fully fledged partners? Foreign direct investment (FDI) is heavily concentrated in a few countries in Central and Eastern Europe. It is argued that the type of FDI is more important than the amount of FDI. There is a need for a critical assessment of the strategies of the investors and the impacts on local entrepreneurship. In this vein, the authors describe various interesting future research paths and make policy recommendations.

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  • M van Geenhuizen & P Nijkamp, 1998. "Potentials for East - West integration: the case of foreign direct investment," Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy, Pion Ltd, London, vol. 16(1), pages 105-120, February.
  • Handle: RePEc:pio:envirc:v:16:y:1998:i:1:p:105-120

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    1. Geenhuizen, Marina van & Nijkamp, Peter, 1998. "Regional and urban policy beyond 2000 : new approaches with learning as device," Serie Research Memoranda 0053, VU University Amsterdam, Faculty of Economics, Business Administration and Econometrics.
    2. Peter Nijkamp, 2008. "Xxq Factors For Sustainable Urban Development: A Systems Economics View," Romanian Journal of Regional Science, Romanian Regional Science Association, vol. 2(1), pages 1-19, June.

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