Multiple transformations: Conceptualising the post-communist urban transition

Luděk Sýkora, Stefan Bouzarovski

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This paper develops a conceptual framework for interpreting the process of urban change in post-communist cities. The departure from the legacies of the communist past has been effected through multiple transformation dynamics of institutional, social and urban change. While institutional reforms have been largely accomplished, the adjustment of urban land use patterns to new societal conditions is still ongoing. Hence, post-communist cities are still cities in transition. Using this interpretative framework and referring to a wide spectrum of academic work, the paper provides an overview of urban restructuring in post-communist countries over the past two decades with a specific focus on the examples of mutual integration of the three fields of transformation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)43-60
Number of pages18
JournalUrban Studies
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2012


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