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The Regional and Urban Policy of the European Union

Cohesion, Results-Orientation and Smart Specialisation

Philip McCann

The regional and urban development policy of the European Union, or more precisely, EU Cohesion Policy, is undergoing change. This development is driven by the enormous transformations in European regions and by shifts in thinking and analysis. The issues raised by the changes to regional and urban development policy in Europe span many academic disciplines and build on different research methodologies. A broad approach is required in order to address these issues and this book explicitly incorporates insights from a range of different disciplines. After examining the major regional and urban features of the European economy and discussing the analytical underpinnings of the current re-design to EU Cohesion Policy, the book also aims to provide a road map of the various EU regional and urban data-sources which are available to researchers and policy-makers. This book is aimed at all economists, geographers, regional scientists, spatial planners, transportation scientists, sociologists, urban studies researchers, environmental scholars, political scientists and policy-analysts who are interested in regional and urban issues.
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With productivity growth declining across the industrialised world, it is unsurprising that the concept has again attracted the attention of academics and policymakers in the UK and internationally. Productivity is the result of a complex interplay between many different influences, yet eight decades of research cannot adequately explain falling productivity growth since the 2008 Global Financial Crisis and the prevailing productivity puzzle in the UK. This chapter introduces key interdisciplinary contributions, before exploring new insights on productivity growth from recent research. Beyond the wide-ranging socio-economic implications discussed, the chapter also highlights the specific geographical, governance and institutional issues affecting productivity in the UK.