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Reforming EU cohesion policy: a reappraisal of the performance of the structural funds

Bachtler, J.F. and Gorzelak, G. (2007) Reforming EU cohesion policy: a reappraisal of the performance of the structural funds. Policy Studies, 28 (4). pp. 309-326. ISSN 0144-2872

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The aim of this article is to reassess the effectiveness of Cohesion policy. It examines the evidence for the performance of the policy since 1988, with a view to testing four main assumptions: that convergence is taking place at national and regional levels; that Cohesion policy has made a durable contribution to convergence and regional restructuring, in terms of GDP and employment; that Cohesion policy funds have been spent in the most effective way; and that there is a wider added value from Cohesion policy spending. The article goes on to consider issues for the budget review and how the effectiveness of Cohesion policy at the European level might be improved.

Item type: Article
ID code: 7812
Notes: Also published in: Industrial and Regional Policies in an Enlarging EU (2009), ISBN: 0415498228, Routledge: Abingdon, UK.
Keywords: EU cohesion policy, structural funds, European Union, public finance, regional development, Public Finance, Political institutions (Europe), Political Science and International Relations
Subjects: Social Sciences > Public Finance
Political Science > Political institutions (Europe)
Department: Strathclyde Business School > European Policies Research Centre
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HaSS) > School of Government and Public Policy > European Policies Research Centre
Depositing user: Strathprints Administrator
Date Deposited: 06 Apr 2009 13:52
Last modified: 20 Oct 2015 12:34

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