Cohesion policy reform and the evolving role of the council

Bachtler, John and Mendez, Carlos; Piattoni, Simona and Polverari, Laura, eds. (2016) Cohesion policy reform and the evolving role of the council. In: Handbook on Cohesion Policy in the EU. Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd, Cheltenham, UK and Northampton, MA. ISBN 978 1 78471 566 3

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The reform of Cohesion policy is a complex process within the complex polity of the European Union. Understanding how it takes place requires insight into the interplay between different institutions at EU, national and sub-national levels as well as formal and informal alliances and networks of countries, regions and interest groups. This chapter examines the way that institutions play a role in determining the financial allocations and regulations of Cohesion policy, and discusses the recalibration of inter-institutional relationships in the latest reform with important implications for the design of Cohesion policy.