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The evaluation of EU cohesion policy : Research questions and policy challenges

Bachtler, J.F. and Wren, C. (2006) The evaluation of EU cohesion policy : Research questions and policy challenges. Regional Studies, 40 (2). pp. 143-153. ISSN 0034-3404

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Abstract

The first part (Leonardi; Mairate) provides overviews from different perspectives on the rationale for EU Cohesion policy and its effects, including 'added value'. The second part (Batterbury; Bradley; Martin and Tyler) provides a critical assessment of Cohesion policy evaluation, focusing on the current regulatory framework. It examines contrasting macro-based approaches for determining the effect of policy, comprising a model-based approach to ex-ante evaluate the Structural Funds and a shift-share, residual-based method to evaluate interventions in Objective 1 regions. This part offers a new estimate of the employment effect of Cohesion policy. The third part (Florio; Baslæ#169;; Blazek and Vozáb; Eser and Nussmueller; Armstrong and Wells) examines the evaluation experience in a variety of circumstances, including different policy measures (Structural Funds, Community Initiatives and Cohesion Fund) and different kinds of evaluation (ex-ante, mid-term and ex-post).3 It explores other issues such as the use of cost-benefit analysis, the evaluation of community economic development (CED) initiatives and the preparation of programming documents in a new Member State. Finally, the fourth part has shorter contributions (Barca; Huber; Jakoby; Raines) that take a policy-maker perspective on evaluation culture in a variety of EU regions and countries.