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Beyond Brexit: reshaping policies for regional development in Europe

Bachtler, John and Begg, Iain (2018) Beyond Brexit: reshaping policies for regional development in Europe. Papers in Regional Science, 97 (1). pp. 151-170. ISSN 1056-8190

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Identification Number: 10.1111/pirs.12351


Regional development is one of the main EU spending priorities through its Cohesion Policy. Brexit is among several influences on the future of the policy, whose evolution is part of a wider reshaping of the principles and practice of regional policy in Europe. In the context of emerging policy challenges and recent contributions to the regional policy literature, the article highlights innovation, human capital and effective institutions as three crucial dimensions of future policy. It argues that a shift in regional policy priorities, governance and territorial focus is underway – partly influenced by place-based policy thinking - at EU level under Cohesion Policy as well as under national regional policies in the EU27 and the UK.

Item Type: Article
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Additional Information: © 2018 The Authors
Divisions: European Institute
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
JEL classification: F - International Economics > F1 - Trade > F15 - Economic Integration
H - Public Economics > H7 - State and Local Government; Intergovernmental Relations > H77 - Intergovernmental Relations; Federalism; Secession
L - Industrial Organization > L5 - Regulation and Industrial Policy > L52 - Industrial Policy; Sectoral Planning Methods
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: 15 Jan 2018 11:28
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2021 03:08
Projects: Horizon 2020, Firstrun Project, Grant/Award Number:649261
Funders: European Commission

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