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Edited by Simona Piattoni and Laura Polverari
Cohesion policy targets all regions and cities in the European Union (EU) and aims at fostering business competitiveness, job creation, economic growth, sustainable development, and improving citizens’ quality of life. Since the second half of the 1980s, when this policy was founded, its aims and its resources have periodically changed. This chapter aims at describing and analysing the main turning points of EU Cohesion policy, exploring at the same time some of the political dynamics that have characterised this important policy.