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Who governs EU cohesion policy? deconstructing the reforms of the structural funds

Bachtler, John and Mendez, C. (2007) Who governs EU cohesion policy? deconstructing the reforms of the structural funds. Journal of Common Market Studies, 45 (3). pp. 535-564. ISSN 0021-9886

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Abstract

This article re-assesses the multi-level governance debate and specifically the 'renationalization thesis', with respect to EU cohesion policy. It focuses on two of the principles of decision-making under the structural funds: concentration (decisions on where the money is spent) and programming (decisions on how it is spent). The analysis takes a longitudinal approach, examining each of the policy phases from 1988 until the recent debate on the 2007-13 period. The article concludes that the role of national governments (relative to the European Commission) in key decisions on the implementation of cohesion policy has been exaggerated in the literature and that important arguments underpinning the 'renationalization thesis' are flawed.

Item type: Article
ID code: 7801
Keywords: EU, cohesion policy, national governments, governments, spending, finance, Economic Theory, Local government Municipal government, Political institutions (Europe)
Subjects: Social Sciences > Economic Theory
Political Science > Local government Municipal government
Political Science > Political institutions (Europe)
Department: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HaSS) > School of Government and Public Policy > European Policies Research Centre
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    Depositing user: Strathprints Administrator
    Date Deposited: 12 Apr 2009 12:34
    Last modified: 11 Apr 2012 14:40
    URI: http://strathprints.strath.ac.uk/id/eprint/7801

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