Bulgaria in Transition: Environomental Consequences of Political and Economic Transformation

Krassimira Paskaleva, Georgia Institute of Technology
Philip Shapira, Georgia Institute of Technology
John Pickles, University of Kentucky
Boian Koulov, American University


bulgariacover“This book will be of great interest to every reader who regards with deep concern the processes of transition from totalitarianism to democracy in East Europe.   Focusing their attention on the small region of Bourgas, located in Southeast Bulgaria, the authors have highlighted the tremendous difficulties and contradictions common for the period of political and economic restructuring. They have also clarified all possibilities for finding the most proper solutions to many problems which confront the central and local governments in this conflict-torn region of the world.” — Dr. Gesho Geshev, Director, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Institute of Geography

“A must-read book for those with interests in democratization and transitional market economy, as well as their impact on environment, economy and society. A  momentous contribution to the understanding of the geography of change in post-socialist Bulgaria!” — Elena Petkova, Senior Associate Project Director – Central and Eastern Europe, World Resources Institute, New York

This book presents a comprehensive review of the environmental consequences of  political, social and economic restructuring in Bulgaria, based on extensive   in-country studies by a multi-disciplinary team of US and Bulgarian researchers. Bulgaria in Transition discusses national developments as well as drawing on detailed field work in the Burgas region, on Bulgaria’s Black Sea coast.

Contributors include American and Bulgarian specialists in geography, economics, law, environmental science, and public policy, working together in a long-term project sponsored by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. The book’s analytical and policy insights will be of value to those interested in restructuring and environmental change in Central and Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union, and elsewhere.