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Back to the member states? Cohesion Policy and the national challenges to the European Union

Crescenzi, Riccardo ORCID: 0000-0003-0465-9796, Fratesi, Ugo and Monastiriotis, Vassilis (2020) Back to the member states? Cohesion Policy and the national challenges to the European Union. Regional Studies, 54 (1). 5 - 9. ISSN 0034-3404

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Identification Number: 10.1080/00343404.2019.1662895


In a context of rising economic nationalism and Euroscepticism, the value added of a supranational Cohesion Policy of the European Union is constantly under scrutiny. In parallel, a growing body of empirical evidence uncovers a significant heterogeneity of national and regional impacts. This editorial argues that member states should take full responsibility and ownership of Cohesion Policy and its impacts, regaining a substantive role between Brussels and the regions. Strong national leadership and coordination will allow ‘weak’ regions (in terms of institutional quality and governance) to gain momentum, better reconciling ‘unity with (national and regional) diversity’.

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Additional Information: © 2019 Regional Studies Association
Divisions: Geography & Environment
European Institute
Subjects: J Political Science > JZ International relations
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
JEL classification: O - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth > O1 - Economic Development > O18 - Regional, Urban, and Rural Analyses
R - Urban, Rural, and Regional Economics > R1 - General Regional Economics > R11 - Regional Economic Activity: Growth, Development, and Changes
R - Urban, Rural, and Regional Economics > R5 - Regional Government Analysis > R58 - Regional Development Policy
Date Deposited: 07 Nov 2019 12:54
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 13:40

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