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Re-examining the role of transport infrastructure in trade, regional growth and governance : comparing the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) and Central Eastern Europe (CEE)

Re-Überprüfung der Rolle der Verkehrsinfrastruktur im Handel, regionalen Wachstum und Governance: Vergleich der 'Greater Mekong Subregion' (GMS) mit Zentralosteuropa (CEE)
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Bafoil, François; Lin, Ruiwen

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Abstract The main objective of this article is to question the hypothesis of the role of transport infrastructures in regional economic growth by comparing Central Eastern Europe (supported by the EU structural and cohesion funds) and the Greater Mekong Subregion (mainly supported by the "economic corridors" of the ADB). Three main components of trade efficiency are scrutinized and compared: (1) the historical development of trade agreements, (2) the supra-national (regional) capacity of trade regulation, and (3) the micro level of governance between the different actors involved in trade. The comparison between CEE and the GMS is all the more warranted because of two paradoxes that need to be explained: The first one results from the existing link between transport and growth in the case of the GMS, and the lack of a link in the case of CEE. The second paradox insists on the fact that despite their very different institutional frameworks, both subregions continue to face similar challenges concerning the implementation of trade agreements and the exchange of facilities at the local level – pointing towards the issue of governance.
Keywords Southeast Asia; Central Europe; Eastern Europe; commerce; regional development; economic growth; transportation; infrastructure; economic relations; governance; traffic; transport network; governance; regional economy; trade policy; network
Classification Sociology of Developing Countries, Developmental Sociology; Economic Policy; Area Development Planning, Regional Research
Method descriptive study
Free Keywords Socioloy; Economics; Greater Mekong Subregion; Central Eastern Europe; regionalism; trade; regional growth; 1990-2010
Document language English
Publication Year 2010
Page/Pages p. 73-119
Journal Journal of Current Southeast Asian Affairs, 29 (2010) 2
ISSN 1868-4882
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works