Lithuania-Ireland: regionalisation and policy compared

This article was written to compare regional development, urbanisation, and spatial policy in Lithuania and the Republic of Ireland. They are of similar size, and in the mid-1990's they had almost exactly the same population. However, population has diverged sharply since then: under 3,5 million in Lithuania and 4,2 million in Ireland. Rapid economic growth in Ireland has led to late urbanisation: see the 2006 Census, Population by Area, especially Table 7. The main point was that ideological differences (Irish nationalist ruralism versus Soviet forced urbanisation) did seem to account for the very different urban and regional structure. However, the comparison is now historical, and much of the material was out of date, so I took the article offline.


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