Regionalism and Regional Development

Algirdas Orenius

Abstract


After the restoration of independence, Lithuania faced a rather difficult task: in a period of several years it had to catch up with the democratically, economically and socially developed countries of the western world that had succeeded to achieve their present level over many decades. The ambition to produce fast results preconditioned different problems in a number of political spheres.
The creation of the regional policy was not an exception either. Despite the fact that quite a speedy improvement of the regions shows a positive progress in this sphere, problems could not be avoided in the process of formation and implementation of the regional policy. Hesitation in solving these problems may bring the situation under threat.
The article analyses factors that have contributed to the problems in the sphere of regional policy, and stresses the significance of regionalism on the regional development.

Keywords


regional development; regionalism; administrative regionalism; regional decentralization

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"Public Policy and Administration" ISSN online 2029-2872 / ISSN print 1648-2603