Rajko Petrović, “Regionalni razvoj Srbije – između šanse i nužnosti” [“Regional Development of Serbia – Between Chance and Necessity”], Institute for Political Networking, Institute of European Studies, Belgrade 2021.
The Institute for Political Networking and the Institute of European Studies have published the book Regional Development of Serbia – Between Chance and Necessity, by Rajko Petrović, research associate at the Institute for European Studies and a doctoral student at the Faculty of Political Science, University of Belgrade. According to one of the reviewers, assistant professor Dr. Veran Stančetić from the Faculty of Political Science and one of the leading experts on regionalism and regional development in Serbia, after a ten-year break, this book returns an important but somewhat suppressed topic such as balanced regional development to the academic world. Rajko Petrović’s study aims to have multiple goals. Its first goal is to provide a theoretical overview of the concept and importance of regional development, and then to analyze the European experience in the field of regional development – regional policy of the European Union, institutions responsible for it, but also examples of good European practices. The author emphasizes that x the balanced regional development of Serbia cannot be established on German, French or Spanish foundations, but that Serbia can and must imitate some smaller countries that record positive results in that area. Considering that the results in practice are a measure of the success of every theory and normative position, the author, among other things, points to some of the key measuring instruments used by the European Union in the field of regional development, such as regional competitiveness index and regional human development index. Thoroughly analyzing what has been done in this field in Serbia in the past twenty years, both in the legislative and institutional field, and in the field of practical application that “means life” for fellow citizens of Serbia, the author made a cross-section of the regional development of Serbia that is unsatisfactory. , but also pointed out examples of good practice in domestic local governments which are proof that it is possible to make significant progress in terms of local economic development, attracting foreign investment and improving public services. The last chapter of the book provides an insight into the importance of the topic of regional integration, i.e. economic and any other connection of the Western Balkan countries, concluding that a secure and prosperous future based on joint projects must take precedence over a past filled with misunderstandings and conflicts. The book has 168 pages, and its reviewers are Dr. Goran Nikolić, doc. Dr. Veran Stančetić and Dr. Stevan Rapaić. The author of the foreword is Goran Milenković, Assistant Minister for Village Care in the Government of the Republic of Serbia.