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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 20: Cohesion policy and rural development

Riccardo Crescenzi and Fabrizio De Filippis

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


This chapter looks at the relationships, conflicts and synergies between European Union Cohesion policy and rural development and agricultural policy of the European Union. The chapter analyses the genesis and evolution of these different areas of European policy in order to shed light on their evolutionary patterns, points of contact and reciprocal coordination (or lack thereof) with reference to territorial cohesion. The chapter suggests that relevant policy lessons for territorial cohesion can be learned from all these policies. Different approaches to policy design and implementation may need to co-exist in order to effectively earmark resources to boost economic development in less-developed regions.

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