Baltic Partnerships: Integration, Growth and Local Governance in the Baltic Sea Region


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ISBN Number: 9264029281
Publication Date:
April 2007

Baltic Partnerships: Integration, Growth and Local Governance in the Baltic Sea Region

Published by the OECD Local Economic and Employment Development (LEED) Programme

The Baltic Sea Region is rapidly becoming one of the world’s more competitive regions. The region is capitalising on its strengths and making the most of its diversity to stimulate innovation, build a strong pool of skilled labour and foster entrepreneurship. A deep spirit of co-operation and integration has led the Baltic Sea countries to set up ambitious governance frameworks to pursue economic development objectives jointly from Oslo to St. Petersburg. Yet major challenges at the local level lie ahead for the Eastern shores of the Baltic, where economic transition still needs to be accompanied by more innovative strategic planning, new forms of governance and dynamic civic entrepreneurship. Policies will need to be made more adaptable and capacities will need to be strengthened if prosperity and living standards are to increase on the Baltic Rim.

Fortunately, the Baltic Sea Region includes some of the world’s most innovative countries. From Denmark to Finland, the Region possesses a breadth of experience in facilitating policy co-ordination, adjusting policy to local conditions and involving business and civil society in shaping policy measures. There is a great deal that other countries can learn from this experience in setting up partnerships and other forms of governance. The learning process has already started, with the Baltic Rim becoming a unique laboratory for economic and employment development. This book analyses the new developments in the Baltic States and Northwest Russia and provides suggestions on how to speed up this progress. It is essential reading for all stakeholders in the Baltic Sea Region and for those elsewhere wishing to apply emerging lessons to their region of the world.

Table of contents:

Chapter 1. Integration, Growth and Governance in the Baltic Sea Region by Silvain Giguère
Chapter 2. The Governance of Employment and Economic Development in the Baltic States by Alf Vanags
Chapter 3. Enhancing the Development Process in Lithuania: Toward Truly Participative Governance by Micheál Ó. Cinnéide
Chapter 4. Reforming Both Local Government and Local Governance: The Challenge to Latvia by Mike Geddes
Chapter 5. Consolidated Local Governments in Partnerships: A Key to Promoting Economic Development in Estonia by Jussi s. Jauhiainen
Chapter 6. The Governance of Economic and Employment Development in North West Russia by Irina Denisova and Marcus Svedberg
Chapter 7. Area-Based Partnerships as Forms of Collaborative Governance in Germany by Holger Kuhle
Chapter 8. Cross-Border Co-operation and Local Governance - The Case of Kaliningrad by Alexey Ignatiev
Chapter 9. The Possibility of Creating Regional Governments in the Baltic States: The Case of Latvia by Ligita Zacesta and Maris Pukis
Chapter 10. Regional Co-operation on Innovation and Cluster Development by Emily Wise Hansson

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