Handbook on Cohesion Policy in the EU


Handbook on Cohesion Policy in the EU

9781784715663 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Simona Piattoni, Professor of Political Science, Department of Sociology and Social Research, University of Trento, Italy and Laura Polverari, Senior Research Fellow, European Policies Research Centre, University of Strathclyde, UK
Publication Date: 2016 ISBN: 978 1 78471 566 3 Extent: 576 pp
This Handbook covers all major aspects of EU Cohesion policy, one of the most significant areas of intervention of the European Union. Over five parts, It discusses this policy’s history and governing principles; the theoretical approaches from which it can be assessed; the inter-institutional and multi-level dynamics that it tends to elicit; its practical implementation and impact on EU member states; its interactions with other EU policies and strategies; and the cognitive maps and narratives with which it can be associated. An absolute must for all students of the EU.

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This ambitious Handbook covers the history, functioning and impact of Cohesion policy, arguably the most tangible presence of the European Union in its twenty-eight member states. 

The contributions combine world-renowned scholars and country experts to discuss, in five parts, the policy’s history and governing principles; the theoretical approaches from which it can be assessed; the inter-institutional and multi-level dynamics that it elicits; its practical implementation and impact on EU member states; its interactions with other EU policies and strategies; and the cognitive maps and narratives with which it can be associated.

This Handbook will be an invaluable resource to students and scholars of EU policies and politics and other related disciplines. In particular, they will benefit from the clarity with which the history and functioning of Cohesion policy is laid out. Policy-makers and other practitioners will also find this book of interest, due to its presentation of relevant debates.
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‘The volume is an important academic contribution at a time, in which the EU is weakened by internal and global political changes, suggesting a need for policy to reinforce EU economic and political cohesion.’
– Rolf Bergs, Journal of Common Market Studies

‘Simona Piattoni and Laura Polverari have collected a superb group of experts to take stock of the history, political dynamics, and effects of EU Cohesion policy—thirty years after its launch by Jacques Delors’ administration. The book is an interdisciplinary tour de force that examines how EU Cohesion policy has indelibly shaped multilevel governance in the European Union. Cohesion policy was intended to shake up the status quo because it sought to mobilize “les forces vives” outside the national capitals. It remains, until today, a highly political enterprise that generates cooperation and competition among cities and regions; affects territorial relations within as well as across member states; and constrains choice in a variety of sectoral policies. This is a definitive statement on one of Europe’s most transformative policies.’
– Liesbet Hooghe, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, US
Contributors: A. Ágh, J. Aprāns, R. Atkinson, J. Bachtler, J. Balsiger, J. Baudner, I. Begg, M. Brunazzo, R.L. Bubbico, A. Catalina Rubianes, D. Charles, N. Charron, R. Crescenzi, M. Dąbrowski, A. Dahs, F. De Filippis, J. Andres Faiña, A. Faludi, V. Fargion, U. Fratesi, S. Gänzle, P.R. Graziano, E. Gualini, E. Hepburn, C. Holguin, D. Hübner, G. Karakatsanis, E. Kazamaki Ottersten, A. Kovács, A. Lenschow, J. López-Rodríguez, P. McCann, E. Massetti, C. Mendez, P. Montes-Solla, T. Muravska, T. Notermans, R. Ortega-Argilés, I. Pálné Kovács, S. Piattoni, L. Polverari, S. Profeti, A.H. Schakel, J. Schönlau, M.K. Sioliou, P. Stephenson, I. Tömmel, M. Weber, K. Zimmermann


Simona Piattoni and Laura Polverari

Part I History, Principles and Theoretical Implications of Cohesion Policy
1. The History and Evolution of Cohesion Policy
Marco Brunazzo

2. The Institutions and Procedures of Cohesion Policy
Paul Stephenson

3. The Economic Theory of Cohesion Policy
Iain Begg

4. Cohesion Policy, Multilevel Governance and Democracy
Simona Piattoni

5. Cohesion Policy and Europeanisation
Marcin Dąbrowski and Paolo R. Graziano

6. Quality of Government, Regional Autonomy and Cohesion Policy Allocations to EU Regions
Nicholas Charron

Part II The Politics and Institutions of Cohesion Policy
7. The Commission and Cohesion Policy
Ingeborg Tömmel

8. Cohesion Policy Reform and the Evolving Role of the Council
John Bachtler and Carlos Mendez

9. The European Parliament and Cohesion Policy
Danuta Hübner

10. The European Committee of the Regions and EU Cohesion policy
Justus Schönlau

11. The European Court of Auditors and Cohesion Policy
George Karakatsanis and Martin Weber

12. Cohesion Policy, EU Economic Governance and the Role of the European Investment Bank
Rocco L. Bubbico, Angel Catalina Rubianes, Eugenia Kazamaki Ottersten and Maria Siolou

13. Cohesion Policy and Regional Mobilization
Eve Hepburn

14. The Impact of Cohesion Policy on Regionalist Parties’ Positions on European Integration
Emanuele Massetti and Arjan H. Schakel

Part III Cohesion Policy and the Member States
15. Cohesion Policy in the Southern Periphery
Laura Polverari

16. Cohesion Policy in the Service Economies of the North
David Charles

17. Cohesion Policy in the Rich Central Regions
Jörg Balsiger

18. Cohesion Policy in the Sparsely Populated Countries
Tatjana Muravska, Jānis Aprāns and Aleksandrs Dahs

19. Cohesion Policy in Central and Eastern Europe: The Challenge of Learning
Ilona Pálné Kovács

Part IV Cohesion Policy and Broader European Strategies
20. Cohesion Policy and Rural Development
Riccardo Crescenzi and Fabrizio De Filippis

21. Cohesion Policy and Transportation
Andres Faiña, Jesús Lopéz-Rodriguez and Paulino Montes-Solla

22. Smart Specialisation in the Reformed EU Cohesion Policy
Philip McCann and Raquel Ortega-Argilés

23. Cohesion Policy and the Green Economy
Andrea Lenschow and Jörg Baudner

24. New Strategic Approaches to Territorial Cooperation in Europe: from Euro-regions to European Groupings for Territorial Cooperation (EGTCs) and Macro-regional Strategies
Stefan Gänzle

25. EU Cohesion Policy in the Eastern Partnership Region: A Case of External Europeanisation
Attila Ágh and Attila Kovács

26. Cohesion Policy and the Cities: An Ambivalent Relationship
Rob Atkinson and Karsten Zimmermann

Part V Critical Perspectives and Debates
27. The ‘Real’ Principles of Cohesion Policy
Robert Leonardi and Catalina Holguin

28. Impact Assessment of EU Cohesion Policy: Theoretical and Empirical Issues
Ugo Fratesi

29. Does Cohesion Policy Lead to Economic Convergence?
Ton Notermans

30. The Social Dimension of Cohesion Policy
Valeria Fargion and Stefania Profeti

31. The Territoriality of Cohesion Policy
Andreas Faludi

32. Multilevel Governance and Multiscalar Forms of Territorialisation
Enrico Gualini

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