Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to introduce findings of comparative analysis and various models based on cultural heritage resources to foster regional development.
Design/methodology/approach – Comparison of operational schemes, market positions and branding of three successful cultural heritage centers in Germany, Great Britain and Russia demonstrates a variety of regional development models based on cultural resources and tourism development, and reveals their advantages and disadvantages.
Findings – The paper evidences the potential of cultural resources and the tourism sector as drivers for regional development, and helps formulate basic recommendations for the Russian situation requiring elaboration of adequate financial and social instruments.
Originality/value – The paper provides a complex analysis of different operational models in three European countries with regard to specific national situations and specificity of heritage operational management.
It is obvious that most of the Balkan countries are experiencing a challenging transition period from communism toward democracy. This transition is a long process and includes transition in social, economic, political and many other areas that are all within the scope of the 4th International Conference on European Studies (ICES'13).
This article analyzes the socio-economic and political conditions caused the need of the House of Lords reform in the early 20th century, the attitude of the leading parties to this problem is observed. The process of designing and preparing proposals to the principles of formation modernization and power of the upper House of the British Parliament is being learned.
The attitude of the British main political parties to the need of modernization of the House of Lords in the 1910 's and 1920 's is explored in the article. The attempts to achieve crossparty consensus on this issue during the Lloyd George's coalition Government and the work of the Bryce Commission are analyzed. A completely new dimension in the process of the British House of Lords reformation in this period is viewed - the possible admission of women to the staff of its members.
The chapter explores the foreign policy priorities of China and Russia with regard to the following sub-questions: Are China and Russia driven by ideology or by pragmatism? How much weight does ‘hard power’ carry versus ‘soft power’ in the strategic policy formulation of both countries? How do they strive to uphold their insistence on respect for sovereignty while their economic power increasingly relies on international interdependence?