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Višnja Samardžija, Hrvoje Butković (eds.) FROM THE LISBON STRATEGY TO EUROPE 2020

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doi:10.5559/di.20.2.15 Višnja Samardžija, Hrvoje Butković (eds.) FROM THE LISBON STRATEGY TO EUROPE 2020 Institute for International Relations (IMO), Za- greb, 2010, 312 pp. The book From the Lisbon Strategy to Europe 2020 was issued by the Institute for Inter- national Relations (IMO) with the support of the Delegation of the European Union in Croatia. It is written in English accom- panied by executive summaries in Croatian, and also offers a bilingual glossary at the end. It represents an analytical outcome of the IMO's long-term research activities within the project "Lisbon Strategy – the Catalyst of Reforms in the EU and Croa- tia" supported by the Ministry of Science, Education and Sports. The book compris- es works of researchers from IMO, Faculty of Law at the University of Zagreb and In- stitute of Economics, while foreign contri- butions are represented by scholars from the Corvinus University in Budapest and the University of Ljubljana. The book eva- luates achievements and shortcomings of the Lisbon Strategy implementation as the main EU development agenda in the pre- vious decade and analyzes perspectives of the new strategy Europe 2020 that sets foun- dation for the future EU paradigm of "smart, sustainable and inclusive growth". Parti- cular emphasis is given to the experiences and challenges of the new EU member sta- tes that can present a valuable source of policy-learning for Croatia because EU po- licy-domains and the Lisbon-driven reforms are also analyzed with regard to the cur- rent situation and challenges in Croatia, thus offering concrete recommendations and measures to be undertaken. The book's ba- sic aim is to merge expertise on setting pri- orities and objectives of the Lisbon Strate- gy's implementation methodologies, assess challenges of the new Europe 2020 strate- gy and analyze overall relevance of these strategies for Croatia. Indeed, it is particu- larly important in Croatia to raise aware- ness on the importance of effective imple- mentation of Lisbo

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