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Undermining the Principle of Concentration? European Union Regional Policy and the Socio-economic Disadvantage of European Regions


  • Riccardo regstdcenzi


regstdcenzi R. Undermining the principle of concentration? European Union regional policy and the socio-economic disadvantage of European regions, Regional Studies. This paper sets out to analyse the regional policy of the European Union by assessing whether the actual distribution of funds to the regions undermines the principle of territorial concentration. The empirical analysis shows that, due to either political equilibriums or inaccurate assumptions about the most cost-effective allocation of the funds, the sources of structural disadvantage are more spatially concentrated than the funds devoted to compensating this disadvantage and reveals a weak association between socio-economic disadvantage and European Union funding. Corrections in allocation mechanisms are recommended in order to increase fund concentration and earmark resources more adequately to disadvantaged regions. [image omitted] regstdcenzi R. Saper le principe de la concentration? la politique regionale de l'Union Europeenne et le desavantage socio-economique des regions europeennes, Regional Studies. L'auteur analyse la politique regionale de l'Union Europeenne en cherchant a savoir si la repartition actuelle des credits pour les regions sape le principe de la concentration territoriale. L'analyse empirique montre que du fait des equilibres politiques ou d'hypotheses inexactes concernant l'affectation la plus rentable des fonds, les sources de desavantage structurel sont plus concentrees, dans l'espace, que les fonds consaregstd a compenser ce desavantage; elle revele egalement une association faible entre le desavantage socio-economique et le financement de l'UE. L'auteur recommande de corriger les mecanismes d'affectation afin d'augmenter la concentration des financements et de mieux reserver les ressources pour les regions desavantagees. Politique regionale Developpement regional Facteurs socio-economiques Union Europeenne Regions Croissance economique regstdcenzi R. Ein Verstoss gegen das Prinzip der Konzentration? Die Regionalpolitik der EU und der soziookonomische Nachteil europaischer Regionen, Regional Studies. In diesem Beitrag wird die Regionalpolitik der Europaischen Union im Hinblick auf die Frage bewertet, ob die tatsachliche Verteilung von Finanzmitteln unter den Regionen gegen das Prinzip der territorialen Konzentration verstosst. Aus der empirischen Analyse geht hervor, dass aufgrund von politischen Gleichgewichten oder unzutreffenden Annahmen uber die kosteneffektivste Zuteilung von Mitteln die Quellen struktureller Nachteile raumlich starker konzentriert sind als die zum Ausgleich dieses Nachteils aufgewendeten Mittel; ebenso zeigt sich eine schwache Verknupfung zwischen soziookonomischen Nachteilen und einer EU-Finanzierung. Es werden Korrekturen an den Zuweisungsmechanismen empfohlen, um die Konzentration der Finanzmittel zu erhohen und Ressourcen fur benachteiligte Regionen adaquater zuzuweisen. Regionalpolitik Regionalentwicklung Soziookonomische Faktoren Europaische Union Regionen Wirtschaftswachstum regstdcenzi R. ¿Socavando el principio de concentracion? Politica regional de la UE y la desventaja socioeconomica de las regiones europeas, Regional Studies. En este articulo analizo la politica regional de la Union Europea evaluando si la distribucion actual de los fondos para las regiones socava el principio de la concentracion territorial. Los analisis empiricos demuestran que, debido a equilibrios politicos o suposiciones inadecuadas sobre la asignacion de fondos mas rentables, las fuentes de desventajas estructurales estan mas concentradas espacialmente que los fondos destinados a compensar esta desventaja e indica una endeble asociacion entre la desventaja socioeconomica y la financiacion de la UE. Se recomiendan correcciones en los mecanismos de asignacion para aumentar la concentracion de fondos y mas adecuadamente para asignar recursos a regiones desfavorecidas. Politica regional Desarrollo regional Factores socioeconomicos Union Europea Regiones Crecimiento economico

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  • Riccardo regstdcenzi, 2009. "Undermining the Principle of Concentration? European Union Regional Policy and the Socio-economic Disadvantage of European Regions," Regional Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 43(1), pages 111-133.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:regstd:v:43:y:2009:i:1:p:111-133
    DOI: 10.1080/00343400801932276

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    Regional policy; Regional development; Socio-economic factors; European Union; Regions; Economic growth;

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    • C24 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Single Equation Models; Single Variables - - - Truncated and Censored Models; Switching Regression Models; Threshold Regression Models
    • O18 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Urban, Rural, Regional, and Transportation Analysis; Housing; Infrastructure
    • R11 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - Regional Economic Activity: Growth, Development, Environmental Issues, and Changes
    • R58 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Regional Government Analysis - - - Regional Development Planning and Policy


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