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EU Cohesion Policy and Spatial Governance

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EU Cohesion Policy and Spatial Governance

Territorial, Social and Economic Challenges

9781839103575 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Daniel Rauhut, Associate Professor in Regional Planning, Karelian Institute, University of Eastern Finland, Finland, Franziska Sielker, Lecturer in Planning and Housing, Department of Land Economy, University of Cambridge, UK and Alois Humer, Professor of Applied Geography, Spatial Research and Spatial Planning, Department of Geography and Regional Research, University of Vienna, Austria
Publication Date: July 2021 ISBN: 978 1 83910 357 5 Extent: c 304 pp
Discussing the ongoing and future challenges of EU Cohesion Policy, this book critically addresses the economic, social and territorial challenges at the heart of the EU’s policy. It identifies the multifaceted and dynamic nature of the policy as well as the cohesions goal interlinkage with other policies and considers unresolved questions of strategic importance in territorial governance, urban and regional inequalities, and social aspects and wellbeing.

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Discussing the ongoing and future challenges of EU Cohesion Policy, this book critically addresses the economic, social and territorial challenges at the heart of the EU’s policy. It identifies the multifaceted and dynamic nature of the policy as well as the cohesions goal interlinkage with other policies and considers unresolved questions of strategic importance in territorial governance, urban and regional inequalities, and social aspects and wellbeing.
 
Interdisciplinary perspectives offer well-founded historical views, conceptual thoughts, policy insights and empirical analyses of EU Cohesion Policy, exploring under-represented territorial and spatial perspectives. Fostering a long term, visionary debate, the book looks into the controversial aspects of the policy. It concludes with a rich synthesis of the debate, emphasising three key concerns: disintegration as an alternative to the eroding idea of greater European integration; the discontent of cities and regions due to widening inequalities; the discretion of member states which prevents the EU from engaging more deeply with social issues.
 
With commentaries on each of the key areas provided by top scholars, this book will be an invigorating read for EU policy makers keen to gain a more critical understanding of key issues around territorial, social and economic cohesion. It will also be an insightful read for economic geography, spatial planning, political science, international relations, European studies and social science scholars in general.
Critical Acclaim
‘“The course of true love never did run smooth,” Shakespeare would say about EU Cohesion Policy, one which Europe both underestimates and depends excessively upon. This volume explores the reasons behind this complex phenomenon, by weaving planning and regional perspectives in order to convert problems into solutions. A worthwhile read!'’
– Jacek Zaucha, University of Gdansk, Poland

‘EU Cohesion Policy and Spatial Governance provides a critical assessment of one of the EU’s most ambitious policies, to reduce disparities across cities and regions. This collection takes a bold spatial perspective on EU cohesion, which lays bare the economic, social, and political antecedents and consequences of EU intervention. Particularly innovative is its attention to urban and metropolitan governance. A collection of probing work by Europe’s leading planning and regional scientists, which will be of immense use for policy makers and scholars alike.’
– Liesbet Hooghe, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, US, and European University Institute, Italy
Contributors
Contributors include: R. Atkinson, J. Benedek, T. Chilla, G. Cotella, M. Dąbrowski,E. Evrard, A. Faludi,D. Goldsborough, E. Gruber, A. Humer, T. Komornicki, K.R. Kunzmann, J. Le Gallo, E. Marques da Costa,N. Marques da Costa, P. McCann, E. Meijers, J. Moodie, J.A. Nagy, Á. Németh, R. Ortega-Argiles, E. Purkarthofer, D. Rauhut, K. Sandberg, P. Schmitt, C. Serbanica, F. Sielker, I. Tosics, S. Tulumello, L. Védrine, K. Zimmermann

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