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Handbook on Cohesion Policy in the EU

Handbook on Cohesion Policy in the EU

Edited by Simona Piattoni and Laura Polverari

This Handbook covers all major aspects of EU Cohesion policy, one of the most significant areas of intervention of the European Union. Over five parts, It discusses this policy’s history and governing principles; the theoretical approaches from which it can be assessed; the inter-institutional and multi-level dynamics that it tends to elicit; its practical implementation and impact on EU member states; its interactions with other EU policies and strategies; and the cognitive maps and narratives with which it can be associated. An absolute must for all students of the EU.

Chapter 5: Cohesion policy and Europeanisation

Marcin Dąbrowski and Paolo R. Graziano

Subjects: politics and public policy, european politics and policy, public policy, urban and regional studies, regional studies


The aim of this chapter is threefold. First, it aims at taking stock of the different strands of research analysing European Union (EU) Cohesion policy through the lens of Europeanisation as an analytical tool. Second, it endeavours to offer a critical overview of what this body of research tells us about the substance of EU Cohesion policy, its influence and spillover effects on the domestic regional policies, administrative systems and governance patterns in various EU countries. Third, the chapter addresses the remaining gaps in our knowledge on Europeanisation in the field of regional policy and suggests avenues for future research on the topic.

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