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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