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Cohesion in the European Union

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Leonardi R. (2006) Cohesion in the European Union, Regional Studies 40, 155-166. After 16 years of implementation of the European Union's (EU) Cohesion policy, it is appropriate to review its initial rationale and subsequent impact on socio-economic conditions in the EU. In 1989, few expected significant results from the policy. During the last decade and a half, not only have the peripheral and less-developed regions and countries not fallen behind the developed countries of the core, but also they have grown at faster rates than the core areas. The policy has helped to reduce the socio-economic disparities between core and peripheral areas. For the less-developed countries that have recently (or are expected to join in the near future), the real attraction for entering the EU is not limited to full access to the Single Market, but it is also tied to the goal of participating in the Cohesion policy as a means of spurring a sustainable pattern of economic growth in the medium- to long-term. Cohesion policy Rationale Regional convergence European Union enlargement Leonardi R. (2006) Cohesion in the European Union, Regional Studies 40, 155-166. After 16 years of implementation of the European Union's (EU) Cohesion policy, it is appropriate to review its initial rationale and subsequent impact on socio-economic conditions in the EU. In 1989, few expected significant results from the policy. During the last decade and a half, not only have the peripheral and less-developed regions and countries not fallen behind the developed countries of the core, but also they have grown at faster rates than the core areas. The policy has helped to reduce the socio-economic disparities between core and peripheral areas. For the less-developed countries that have recently (or are expected to join in the near future), the real attraction for entering the EU is not limited to full access to the Single Market, but it is also tied to the goal of participating in the Cohesion policy as a means of spurring a sustainable pattern of economic growth in the medium- to long-term. Politique de cohesion Logique Convergence regionale Elargissement de l'UE Leonardi R. (2006) Cohesion in the European Union, Regional Studies 40, 155-166. After 16 years of implementation of the European Union's (EU) Cohesion policy, it is appropriate to review its initial rationale and subsequent impact on socio-economic conditions in the EU. In 1989, few expected significant results from the policy. During the last decade and a half, not only have the peripheral and less-developed regions and countries not fallen behind the developed countries of the core, but also they have grown at faster rates than the core areas. The policy has helped to reduce the socio-economic disparities between core and peripheral areas. For the less-developed countries that have recently (or are expected to join in the near future), the real attraction for entering the EU is not limited to full access to the Single Market, but it is also tied to the goal of participating in the Cohesion policy as a means of spurring a sustainable pattern of economic growth in the medium- to long-term. Kohasionspolitik Grundprinzip regionale Konvergenz EU-Erweiterung Leonardi R. (2006) Cohesion in the European Union, Regional Studies 40, 155-166. After 16 years of implementation of the European Union's (EU) Cohesion policy, it is appropriate to review its initial rationale and subsequent impact on socio-economic conditions in the EU. In 1989, few expected significant results from the policy. During the last decade and a half, not only have the peripheral and less-developed regions and countries not fallen behind the developed countries of the core, but also they have grown at faster rates than the core areas. The policy has helped to reduce the socio-economic disparities between core and peripheral areas. For the less-developed countries that have recently (or are expected to join in the near future), the real attraction for entering the EU is not limited to full access to the Single Market, but it is also tied to the goal of participating in the Cohesion policy as a means of spurring a sustainable pattern of economic growth in the medium- to long-term. Politica de cohesion Motivos Convergencia regional Ampliacion de la UE

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  • Robert Leonardi, 2006. "Cohesion in the European Union," Regional Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 40(2), pages 155-166.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:regstd:v:40:y:2006:i:2:p:155-166
    DOI: 10.1080/00343400600600462
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    1. ARGUELLES, Margarita & BENAVIDES, Carmen & MAYOR, Matias, 2011. "Regional Policy In The Eu Less Favoured Regions For The Period 2000-2006: An Assessment Of The Expenditure Allocation And Governance," Regional and Sectoral Economic Studies, Euro-American Association of Economic Development, vol. 11(1).
    2. Lorendana Fattorini & Mahdi Ghodsi & Armando Rungi, 2018. "Cohesion Policy Meets Heterogeneous Firms," Working Papers 02/2018, IMT Institute for Advanced Studies Lucca, revised Feb 2018.
    3. Andreas P. Cornett & Frank Othengrafen, 2011. "Spatial policy and planning in Northern Europe: an assessment of recent trends in policy and economic development," ERSA conference papers ersa10p631, European Regional Science Association.
    4. Fratesi, Ugo & Perucca, Giovanni, 2014. "Territorial Capital and the Effectiveness of Cohesion Policies: an Assessment for CEE Regions," INVESTIGACIONES REGIONALES - Journal of REGIONAL RESEARCH, Asociación Española de Ciencia Regional, issue 29, pages 165-191.
    5. Mazzeo Rinaldi, Francesco, 2016. "From local development policies to strategic planning—Assessing continuity in institutional coalitions," Evaluation and Program Planning, Elsevier, vol. 56(C), pages 76-87.
    6. Nick Robinson, 2009. "The European Investment Bank: The EU's Neglected Institution," Journal of Common Market Studies, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 47, pages 651-673, June.
    7. repec:taf:regstd:v:51:y:2017:i:6:p:817-821 is not listed on IDEAS
    8. Daniela Constantin & Zizi Goschin & Gabriela Dragan, 2011. "Implications of European Union Structural Assistance to New Member States on Regional Disparities: The Question of Absorption Capacity," Chapters,in: Endogenous Regional Development, chapter 10 Edward Elgar Publishing.

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