Croatian International Relations Review

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Sanja Malekovic, Mario Polić, Mladen Staničić

The article focuses on the specific role of Government in the transition process with special emphasis on the policy towards the small and medium-sized enterprises (SME), as well as regional development in Croatia. Authors point out to the specifics of transitional countries, noting that the role of the Government in such circumstances should be more supportive regarding stimulation of the SME development by way of supporting the development of the economic support infrastructure. Further, the reasons for a more active role of the Government regarding SME development policy are discussed and specific policy recommendations are offered.