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This book brings together academics, members of European institutions, and regional and national level policymakers in order to assess the performance and direction of EU Cohesion policy against the background of the most significant reforms to the policy in a generation. Responding to past criticisms of the effectiveness of the policy, the policy changes introduced in 2013 have aligned European Structural and Investment Funds with the Europe 2020 strategy and introduced measures to improve strategic coherence, performance and integrated development.
EU Cohesion Policy: Reassessing performance and direction argues that policy can only be successfully developed and implemented if there is input from both academics and practitioners. The chapters in the book address four important issues: the effectiveness and impact of Cohesion policy at European, national and regional levels; the contribution of Cohesion policy to the Europe 2020 strategy of smart, sustainable and inclusive growth; the importance of quality of government and administrative capacity for the effective management of the Funds; and the inter-relationships between institutions, territory and place-based policies.
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Introduction: reassessing the performance and direction of EU Cohesion Policy in 2014–20
John Bachtler, Peter Berkowitz, Sally Hardy and Tatjana Muravska
The impact of Cohesion Policy
1 The long-term effectiveness of EU Cohesion Policy: assessing the achievements of the ERDF, 1989–2012
John Bachtler, Iain Begg, David Charles and Laura Polverari
2 Different approaches to the analysis of EU Cohesion Policy: leveraging complementarities for evidence-based policy learning
Riccardo Crescenzi and Mara Giua
3 Cohesion Policy and regional development
4 Econometric assessments of Cohesion Policy growth effects: how to make them more relevant for policymakers?
Jerzy Pieńkowski and Peter Berkowitz
5 Does Cohesion Policy affect regional growth? New evidence from a semi-parametric approach
The contribution of Cohesion Policy to smart, sustainable and inclusive growth
6 An evaluation of the impact of the construction of motorways and expressways in Poland during the period 2004–13 on accessibility and cohesion
Piotr Rosik, Marcin Stępniak and Tomasz Komornicki
7 Demographic implications of 2007–13 regional and Cohesion Policy actions in Latvia
8 The policy challenge in smart specialisation: a common approach meets European diversity
9 Resilience and involvement: the role of the EU’s Structural and Investment Funds in addressing youth unemployment
Elizabeth Sanderson, Peter Wells and Ian Wilson
10 Whatever happened to gender mainstreaming? Lessons for the EU’s 2014–20 Structural and Investment Funds
Leaza Mcsorley and Jim Campbell
11 The absorption of Structural and Investment Funds and youth unemployment: an empirical test
Jale Tosun, Stefan Speckesser, Carsten Jensen and Jacqueline O’reilly
The administration and delivery of Cohesion Policy
12 Administrative and political embeddedness: how to improve the institutional environments dealing with the management and implementation of EU Structural and Investment Funds? The experience of new member states
13 Corruption in EU Funds? Europe-wide evidence of the corruption effect of EU-funded public contracting
Mihály Fazekas and István János Tóth
14 Efficient implementers and partners: what do we miss in our understanding of how Cohesion Policy administrators work?
15 Funds for the wealthy and the politically loyal? How EU Funds may contribute to increasing regional disparities in East Central Europe
16 The administrative capacity of the sub-national level in implementing Cohesion Policy in Romania: lessons learnt and future recommendations
Institutions, territory and place-based policies
17 Territorial capital and EU Cohesion Policy
Ugo Fratesi and Giovanni Perucca
18 What institutional arrangements exist to ensure coherent EU Cohesion Policy planning and implementation?
Liga Baltiņa and Tatjana Muravska
19 Integrated territorial investment: a missed opportunity?
20 The place-based approach in development policy: a comparative analysis of Polish and EU space
Jacek Zaucha and Tomasz Komornicki
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