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Sustainability and development in the former Soviet Union and Central and Eastern European countries

Thomas, M, Sullivan, S and Briant, B (2013) 'Sustainability and development in the former Soviet Union and Central and Eastern European countries.' International Journal of Sustainable Human Development, 1 (4). pp. 163-176. ISSN 2052-8582

Abstract

In this paper we investigate the long-term development of the former centrally planned countries, such as the former Soviet Union republics, Central and Eastern Europe, since the beginning of the twentieth century. In particular, we consider the impact of the pursuit of economic growth in the region with a focus on environmental and social consequences. The analysis is premised on the supposition that the legacy of militarism, lack of social justice, and the environmental situation left by the communist regime are important factors for the transitional countries in developing a path towards a sustainable future. Although many changes in socio-economic, cultural, spiritual and political systems have taken place in the region, a more holistic long-term sustainable development would need institutional and legal support and require more public participation in environmental decision-making. Case studies from the transitional countries are analysed, and the limitations to, and drivers of, sustainability are investigated.

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Divisions: College of Liberal Arts
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