By Simona Piattoni, Laura Polverari (eds.)

This bold guide covers the historical past, functioning and impression of harmony coverage, arguably the main tangible presence of the ecu Union in its twenty-eight member states.

The contributions mix world-renowned students and kingdom specialists to debate, in six elements, the policy's heritage and governing ideas; the theoretical methods from which it may be assessed; the inter-institutional and multi-level dynamics that it elicits; its useful implementation and impression on ecu Member States; its interactions with different ecu regulations and techniques; and the cognitive maps and narratives with which it may be linked.

This guide might be a useful source to scholars and students of ecu regulations and politics and different comparable disciplines. specifically, they are going to enjoy the readability with which the background and functioning of team spirit coverage is laid out. coverage makers and different practitioners also will locate this ebook of curiosity, as a result of its presentation of correct debates.

Contributors include: A. Ágh, J. Aprans, R. Atkinson, J. Bachtler, J. Balsiger, J. Baudner, I. Begg, M. Brunazzo, R.L. Bubbico, A. Catalina Rubianes, D. Charles, N. Charron, R. Crescenzi, M. Dabrowski, A. Dahs, F. De Filippis, S. Gänzle, D. Hübner, A. Faiña, A. Faludi, V. Fargion, U. Fratesi, P.R. Graziano, E. Gualini, E. Hepburn, C. Holguin, G. Karakatsanis, E. Kazamaki Ottersten, A. Kovács, A. Lenschow, R. Leonardi, J. Lopez-Rodriguez, E. Massetti, P. McCann, C. Mendez, P. Montes-Solla, T. Muravska, T. Notermans, R.l Ortega-Argilés, I. Pálné Kovács, S. Piattoni, L. Polverari, S. Profeti, A.H. Schakel, J. Schönlau, M.K. Sioliou, P. Stephenson, I. Tömmel, M. Weber, okay. Zimmermann

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With the Single European Act (SEA), in 1986 regional policy became a Community competence and social and economic cohesion a Community goal: ‘In order to promote its overall harmonious development, the Community shall develop and pursue its actions leading to the strengthening of its economic and social cohesion. In particular, the Community shall aim at reducing disparities between the levels of development of The history and evolution of Cohesion policy ­21 the various regions and the backwardness of the least-­favoured regions, including rural areas’ (Art.

More importantly, these principles were often contentiously debated even within EU institutions, thus making Cohesion policy less coherent and effective than it could have been. The debate on the effectiveness of Cohesion policy is tackled head on by Fratesi in Chapter 28, which addresses the many facets of assessment, spanning from mere accounting rigour to the leveraging effect that the European Structural and Investment Funds resources have on regional development. The author argues that Cohesion policy evaluation, despite the wealth of cross-­sectional and longitudinal data, is hampered by the sheer number of variables which must be taken into account, the complex interactions among different policies, the possible existence of threshold effects, and other more technical issues linked to the models used for the assessment.

However, we do not anticipate that the Handbook be read cover to cover, but rather that the table of contents be taken as a menu from which readers can pick and choose what to focus on, based on their specific interests. , and Pálné Kovács, Chapters 15 to 19), for a review of coverage, strategies, achievements and implementation challenges, and finish with the chapters by Begg and by Leonardi and Holguin (Chapters 3 and 27) for a more critical examination of the economic rationale and underlying principles of the policy.

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