EIRP Proceedings, Vol 7 (2012)

Territorial reform, institutional change and economic development. The regions’ evolution and their perspective along the Romanian history

Monica Boldea, Mihai Parean, Maria Otil


The present study had as starting point the fact that regionalism has quite a strong tradition in Romania. Ever since the formation of the modern Romanian state the state divisions occurred as solid administrative units, each of them having its own peculiarities. Regardless of the political regimes that have taken turns in power, it can easily be observed that one of the main objectives was the development of better links between the different regions of the country. Recently, after having set clear goals to join the European Union structures, Romania has been compelled to improve social and economic conditions. This process began on the background of historical inter-regional disparities, mostly due to external factors. The present paper analyzes, from a historical perspective, how the implementation of regional development policies could be applied and work, depending on the social status of people, on traditions, on ways to develop interpersonal relationships and relationships with the authorities.


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