The Open Access version of this book, available at https://www.tandfebooks.com/doi/view/10.4324/9781315401867, has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 3.0 license.

This book brings together academics, members of European institutions, and regional and national level policymakers in order to assess the performance and direction of EU Cohesion policy against the background of the most significant reforms to the policy in a generation. Responding to past criticisms of the effectiveness of the policy, the policy changes introduced in 2013 have aligned European Structural and Investment Funds with the Europe 2020 strategy and introduced measures to improve strategic coherence, performance and integrated development.

EU Cohesion Policy: Reassessing performance and direction argues that policy can only be successfully developed and implemented if there is input from both academics and practitioners. The chapters in the book address four important issues: the effectiveness and impact of Cohesion policy at European, national and regional levels; the contribution of Cohesion policy to the Europe 2020 strategy of smart, sustainable and inclusive growth; the importance of quality of government and administrative capacity for the effective management of the Funds; and the inter-relationships between institutions, territory and place-based policies.

The volume will be an invaluable resource to students, academics and policymakers across economics, regional studies, European studies and international relations.


chapter |8 pages


Reassessing the performance and direction of EU Cohesion Policy in 2014–20
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part I|75 pages

The impact of Cohesion Policy

chapter 1|10 pages

The long-term effectiveness of EU Cohesion Policy

Assessing the achievements of the ERDF, 1989–2012
ByJohn Bachtler, Iain Begg, David Charles, Laura Polverari
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chapter 2|12 pages

Different approaches to the analysis of EU Cohesion Policy

Leveraging complementarities for evidence-based policy learning
ByRiccardo Crescenzi, Mara Giua
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chapter 3|22 pages

Cohesion Policy and regional development 1

ByGrzegorz Gorzelak
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chapter 4|14 pages

Econometric assessments of Cohesion Policy growth effects

How to make them more relevant for policymakers?
ByJerzy Pieńkowski, Peter Berkowitz
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chapter 5|15 pages

Does Cohesion Policy affect regional growth?

New evidence from a semi-parametric approach
ByNicola Pontarollo
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part II|84 pages

The contribution of Cohesion Policy to smart, sustainable and inclusive growth

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chapter 8|12 pages

The policy challenge in smart specialisation

A common approach meets European diversity
ByHenning Kroll
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chapter 9|13 pages

Resilience and involvement

The role of the EU’s Structural and Investment Funds in addressing youth unemployment
ByElizabeth Sanderson, Peter Wells, Ian Wilson
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chapter 10|11 pages

Whatever happened to gender mainstreaming?

Lessons for the EU’s 2014–20 Structural and Investment Funds
ByLeaza McSorley, Jim Campbell
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chapter 11|18 pages

The absorption of Structural and Investment Funds and youth unemployment

An empirical test
ByJale Tosun, Stefan Speckesser, Carsten Jensen, Jacqueline O’Reilly
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part III|83 pages

The administration and delivery of Cohesion Policy

chapter 12|15 pages

Administrative and political embeddedness

How to improve the institutional environments dealing with the management and implementation of EU Structural and Investment Funds? The experience of new member states 1
ByNeculai-Cristian Surubaru
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chapter 13|20 pages

Corruption in EU Funds?

Europe-wide evidence of the corruption effect of EU-funded public contracting
ByMihály Fazekas, István János Tóth
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chapter 14|14 pages

Efficient implementers and partners

What do we miss in our understanding of how Cohesion Policy administrators work?
ByAndrey Demidov
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chapter 15|21 pages

Funds for the wealthy and the politically loyal?

How EU Funds may contribute to increasing regional disparities in East Central Europe
ByGergő Medve-Bálint
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chapter 16|11 pages

The administrative capacity of the sub-national level in implementing Cohesion Policy in Romania

Lessons learnt and future recommendations
BySeptimiu-Rares Szabo
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part IV|58 pages

Institutions, territory and place-based policies

chapter 17|16 pages

Territorial capital and EU Cohesion Policy

ByUgo Fratesi, Giovanni Perucca
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chapter 19|13 pages

Integrated territorial investment

A missed opportunity?
ByIván Tosics
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chapter 20|14 pages

The place-based approach in development policy

A comparative analysis of Polish and EU 1 space
ByJacek Zaucha, Tomasz Komornicki
Size: 0.32 MB