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The Neoliberal Framework of EU Urban Policy in Action: Supporting Competitiveness and Reaping Disparities

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  • Ioannis Chorianopoulos
  • Theodoros Iosifides
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    This paper concerns the gradual proliferation of the neoliberal rationale in European Union urban policies towards a specific mode of competitiveness-oriented 'policy networking’. Empirical research on the policy network of the EU URBAN Initiative in Portugal and Greece illustrates the ineffectiveness of the current approach in acknowledging the socio-economic and political specificities that influence development prospects in lagging cities. The Commission's proposals on the reform of the Funds (2007--13) suggest the incorporation of EU urban programmes in the mainstream spatial policies framework. The rationale, however, remains unchanged. The context-free emphasis put in these proposals on the 'competitiveness’ target mitigates the 'cohesion’ objective and risks perpetuating uneven urban development trends.

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    Article provided by Taylor and Francis Journals in its journal Local Economy.

    Volume (Year): 21 (2006)
    Issue (Month): 4 (November)
    Pages: 409-422

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    1. Camagni, Roberto, 2002. "On the concept of territorial competitiveness: sound or misleading?," ERSA conference papers ersa02p518, European Regional Science Association.
    2. Andres RodrIguez-Pose & Ugo Fratesi†, 2004. "Between Development and Social Policies: The Impact of European Structural Funds in Objective 1 Regions," Regional Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 38(1), pages 97-113.
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