This new text introduces the history, evolution and contemporary state of one of the European Union's most important, expensive and controversial policies. It examines the role that cohesion policy plays in European integration, as well as in economic development across regions, and analyzes the key debates and issues at stake.
About the Author
Dan Marek is Jean Monnet Lecturer in Politics and European Studies at Palacky University, Czech Republic.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction.- 2. The Origins and Early Evolution of Cohesion Policy.- 3. The Transformation of Cohesion Policy: Alignment with the EU's Growth and Competitiveness Strategy.- 4. Cohesion Policy and the EU Budget.- 5. Implementing Cohesion Policy.- 6. Cohesion Policy and Multilevel Governance.- 7. The Economic Impact of Cohesion Policy.- 8. Conclusion: The Future of Cohesion Policy.