Smart, Sustainable and Inclusive Growth
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Smart, Sustainable and Inclusive Growth

Political Entrepreneurship for a Prosperous Europe

Edited by Charlie Karlsson, Daniel Silander and Brigitte Pircher

This study explores the Europe 2020 strategy and the role of European political entrepreneurship in debating, shaping and implementing this strategy within the EU. The book sets out to explore the content, conditions and consequences of Europe 2020 by analysing the plan for a future prosperous EU economy. The main focus is on European political entrepreneurship and how the strategy has been debated and decided on, and then implemented from a governance perspective with multiple European actors.
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Chapter 5: Local and regional involvement in Europe 2020: a success story?

Brigitte Pircher


Europe 2020 and its success are heavily dependent on the implementation of the strategy at national and regional level. In a multilevel governance system such as the EU, various actors at all levels are decisive for the realisation of the headline targets. While analyses have been conducted to assess the performance of member states in meeting the targets, little is known about how local and regional authorities and their involvement contribute to the strategy. Therefore, this chapter examines the role of local and regional authorities in implementing Europe 2020. The results demonstrate that the greater the involvement of local and regional authorities, the better member states perform in achieving the national targets. This applies especially to policy areas where local and regional actors have more extensive competencies. The results further illustrate that the potential and room for political entrepreneurs to shape policies is highest at the regional level.

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