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Post-Socialist Entrepreneurs as New Economic Actors

The paper compares local models where municipalities developed strategies challenging processes of exclusion and marginalization. Post-socialist rural transition dissolved the former co-operative based societies. Rural communities in the fringe were particularly hardly hit by the privatization of agriculture and the post-industrial turn, which cut down in work opportunities. The emerging welfare state placed the responsibility for social welfare to municipalities. Due to the post-socialist decentralization of governance the local municipalities commonly are resource poor.  Their strategies involve varied combination of mobilizing local resources and regional, national, EU developmental funds. This paper lifts up two case studies exemplifying two diverse municipality driven models of local integration projects. The one based on an inter-municipality, small-region co-operation between resource poor and rich settlements and the other based on a one-municipality focused model. The paper compares two models for integrating marginalized and ethnicized communities.

Friday 26 October 14.30-16:30 Panels IX, Panel 24 Ceres-panel 2: Post-Socialist Entrepreneurs as New Economic Actors (Hall 8)