Edited by Simona Piattoni and Laura Polverari
Chapter 7: The Commission and Cohesion policy
The European Commission has always played a pivotal role in advocating, establishing, expanding and reforming Cohesion policy. Yet in pursuing its goals, the Commission was and is always dependent on the member states for decision-making and policy implementation. Thus contestation between the Commission and the member states, represented through the Councils, characterises the evolution of cohesion policy. This chapter focuses on these processes and on the role of the Commission therein. It shows how the Commission, in response to fierce resistance from the member states, shaped the governance model of Cohesion policy in adaptation to the multilevel, non-hierarchical structure of the European polity
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