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Place-based Economic Development and the New EU Cohesion Policy

1st Edition

Edited by Philip McCann, Attila Varga


110 pages

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The new EU Cohesion Policy is one of the largest integrated development policies in the Western world, and one of the largest of such programmes anywhere in the world. The reforms to the EU Cohesion Policy contain many different elements each of which interlink in order to provide a cohesive overall framework. Some of the key elements in the reforms, however, relate to the conditionalities employed and their effects on policy governance and the control mechanism, the smart specialization approach to policy prioritization and resource allocation, the underlying place-based logic of the policy, and the overall results orientation and evaluation emphasis of the policy. In each of the areas of the EU Cohesion Policy reforms, many different scholars from the fields of regional studies, regional science and economic geography have played important roles in shaping the new policy, and the chapters here highlight these increasing interactions between the policy and academic spheres of debate. The collection of essays in this book each deal with specific aspects of these critical elements of the Cohesion Policy reforms. In particular, they examine some of the strengths and weaknesses of these individual elements and allowing for a better understanding of the origins and backgrounds of many of the ideas underpinning these reforms. This book was previously published as a special issue of Regional Studies.

Table of Contents

1. The Reforms to the Regional and Urban Policy of the European Union: EU Cohesion Policy

Philip Mccann and Attila Varga

2. Conditionalities and the Performance of European Structural Funds: A Principal–Agent Analysis of Control Mechanisms in European Union Cohesion Policy

John Bachtler and Martin Ferry

3. Quality of Government and the Returns of Investment: Examining the Impact of Cohesion Expenditure in European Regions

Andrés Rodríguez-Pose and Enrique Garcilazo

4. Smart Specialization, Regional Growth and Applications to European Union Cohesion Policy

Philip McCann and Raquel Ortega-Argilés

5. When Spatial Equilibrium Fails: Is Place-Based Policy Second Best?

Mark D. Partridge, Dan S. Rickman, M. Rose Olfert and Ying Tan

6. The Potential Application of Qualitative Evaluation Methods in European Regional Development: Reflections on the Use of Performance Story Reporting in Australian Natural Resource Management

Frank Vanclay

7. RHOMOLO: A Dynamic General Equilibrium Modelling Approach to the Evaluation of the European Union’s R&D Policies

Andries Brandsma and D’Artis Kancs

About the Editors

Philip McCann holds The University of Groningen Endowed Chair of Economic Geography in the Faculty of Spatial Sciences at the University of Groningen, The Netherlands, and is also the Tagliaferri Research Fellow in the Department of Land Economy at the University of Cambridge 2015-2018. He is one of the world’s most highly cited and widely published economic geographers and spatial economists of his generation.

Attila Varga is Professor and Director of the Regional Innovation and Entrepreneurship Research Centre at the University of Pécs. He is an internationally well-known researcher of the field of regional innovation and economic development. He publishes widely and serves on the editorial boards of various international journals.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Commercial Policy
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Urban & Regional
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Development / Economic Development
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Economics / General
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / International / Economics
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Development / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Human Geography
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies