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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 21: Cohesion policy and transportation

J. Andres Faiña, Jesús López-Rodríguez and Paulino Montes-Solla

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


This chapter discusses infrastructural investment policy in the European Union (EU), both under the rubric of Cohesion policy and under that of EU transportation policy and, in particular, of investment in Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T) infrastructure. Investment projects in transportation and public infrastructure (telecommunications, energy, water, sanitation, and so on) play an important role in European regional development policy, so much so that they have been mostly financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the Cohesion Fund (CF). Unfortunately, there is no conventional wisdom regarding transport infrastructure and regional development, nor is there a clear theory to ascertain how much infrastructure helps a region’s development chances. The focus of this chapter is therefore on the main conceptual tools for designing and evaluating, usually on a region-by-region basis, the right mix of infrastructure and other development goals in the current state of regional development theory and policy in the EU.

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