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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: 2021 ISBN: 978 1 83910 357 5 Extent: 320 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 interlinkage with other policies and considers unresolved questions of strategic importance in territorial governance, urban and regional inequalities, and social aspects and well-being.
 
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; and 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 EU continues to lead the world in initiatives to promote cohesion, reduce socio-economic disparities between core and periphery, promote the Paris agreement, and advance sustainable development agendas through deliberate, evidence-based governance processes. This volume helps to make sense of the sometimes bewildering stream of new policies, debates, and achievements, while paying close attention to growing challenges of ‘disintegration, discontent, and discretion’ that threaten progress. This fascinating and unflinching analysis of EU cohesion policies deserves a wide readership.’
– André Sorensen, University of Toronto, Canada

‘Within the extensive literature on Cohesion Policy this book stands out by presenting a wide-ranging, highly up-to-date account of the policies, funding schemes and governance arrangements that currently affect Europe’s regional development. With accessible and insightful contributions from key scholars in regional studies and spatial planning, this volume provides an extremely valuable research and teaching resource.’
– Dominic Stead, Aalto University, Finland

‘“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: 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-Argilés, E. Purkarthofer, D. Rauhut, K. Sandberg, P. Schmitt, C. Serbanica, F. Sielker, I. Tosics, S. Tulumello, L. Védrine, K. Zimmermann
Contents
Contents:

Preface xix
1 EU Cohesion Policy and European spatial governance: an
introduction to territorial, economic and social challenges 1
Franziska Sielker, Daniel Rauhut and
Alois Humer
2 EU Cohesion Policy: the past, the present and the future 17
Philip McCann and Raquel Ortega-Argilés

PART A TERRITORIAL GOVERNANCE
3 Territorial governance aspects in the EU’s Cohesion
Policy: an introduction 27
Alois Humer and Daniel Rauhut
4 Spatial framing within EU Cohesion Policy and spatial planning:
towards functional and soft spaces, yet on different paths 31
Eva Purkarthofer and Peter Schmitt
5 Cohesion Policy as a driver of Europeanisation:
a comparative analysis 48
Giancarlo Cotella and Marcin Dąbrowski
6 Territorial cohesion and the sea: experiences from
European maritime spatial planning 66
John Moodie, Franziska Sielker and
David Goldsborough
7 Urban Policy in European Cohesion Policy 83
Karsten Zimmermann and Rob Atkinson
8 European (dis)integration: implications for the EUropean
Cohesion Policy 98
Estelle Evrard and Tobias Chilla
9 Commentary: complex EU cohesion and ‘integration mark 2’ 115
Andreas Faludi

PART B URBAN AND REGIONAL INEQUALITIES
10 Urban and regional inequality aspects of the EU’s
Cohesion Policy: an introduction 124
Franziska Sielker and Alois Humer
11 Territorial cohesion, polycentrism and regional disparities:
revisiting an unsolved debate 127
Evert Meijers and Krister Sandberg
12 Can the EU Cohesion Policy fight peripheralization? 142
Júlia A. Nagy and József Benedek
13 Does Cohesion Policy affect territorial inequalities and
regional development? 156
Lionel Védrine and Julie Le Gallo
14 Smart specialisation, peripheries and the EU Cohesion Policy 171
Cristina Serbanica
15 What regions benefit from the post-2009-crisis Cohesion
Policy? Evidence from a Territorial Cohesion Development Index 185
Daniel Rauhut and Nuno Marques da Costa
16 Commentary: urban and regional inequalities and the
architecture of EU Cohesion Policy 199
Tomasz Komornicki

PART C SOCIAL ASPECTS AND WELLBEING
17 Social aspects in the EU’s Cohesion Policy: an introduction 208
Daniel Rauhut and Franziska Sielker
18 EU Cohesion Policy: towards grounded cities and regions 216
Yvonne Franz and Alois Humer
19 Mobility in the Danube Region: the role of transnational
cooperation in addressing challenges of migration 230
Elisabeth Gruber and Ádám Németh
20 Between markets and social rights: confused EU housing policies 244
Iván Tosics and Simone Tulumello
21 Commentary: social issues and wellbeing in the EU –
challenges for Cohesion Policy 260
Eduarda Marques da Costa

PART D CONCLUDING REMARKS
22 Unsettled questions of disintegration, discontent and discretion 272
Alois Humer, Daniel Rauhut and Franziska Sielker
Afterword: territorial cohesion, a never-ending academic challenge? 276
Klaus R. Kunzmann

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