First published in 1999, this volume combines the theory and practice of regional economic policy in Europe. Six main topics are covered as follows: theory of regional economic development and policy; Regional policy at the national level; Regional disparities in the EU – past and present; Impact of the integration on regions; Regional policy in the EU 1975-1999; The structural funds 2000-2006 and openness to Eastern European countries. The book also includes an up-to-date bibliography on the topic covered.
Table of Contents
1. The Background to and Motivation for a Reginal Economic Policy at a National Level. 2. Regional Disparities in the European Union. 3. Region: a Relative Notion. 4. Micro and Macro-Aspects of the Location of Firms. 5. European Urban Developments and Urban Planning. 6. The Impact of Integration on the Regions. 7. Objectives and Strategies of Regional Economic Policy. 8. Instruments and Evaluation of Regional Economic Policy in EU Countries. 9. Regional Economic Policy at the European Union Level. 10. The Structural Funds 1989-99. 11. 2000 and Beyond.
Norbert Vanhove (PhD Economic Sciences, Erasmus University, Rotterdam) started his career in tourism at WES Research & Strategy (Bruges) and is co-founder and honorary president of TRC (Tourism Research Center). He is one of the founding fellows of IAST (International Academy for the Study of Tourism) and has been vice-president of AIEST for over ten years. He has been visiting professor (1967-2001) and later treasurer at the College of Europe. Since 2002 he has been part-time professor at KULeuven (Tourism). In the years 1979-2000 he was general director of the Regional Development Authority of West-Flanders and of WES Research & Strategy.