Regions and Innovation Policies in Europe
Show Less

Regions and Innovation Policies in Europe

Learning from the Margins

Edited by Manuel González-López and Bjørn T. Asheim

Offering a novel contribution within the growing field of regional innovation policies, this book combines recent theoretical developments and empirical contributions, with a particular focus on non-core regions. Leading academics in the field discuss the topics of regional path transformation, place-based strategies and policy learning. Also included are sections on the role of EU institutions on the promotion of regional innovation and the analysis and comparison of the innovation policies experiences of four non-core European regions.
Buy Book in Print
Show Summary Details
You do not have access to this content

Chapter 5: EU regional development policy, from regional convergence to development through innovation

Cristina Ares


Data demonstrate an association between political dissatisfaction and the so-called places that hadn’t traditionally mattered in terms of public investments and policy prioritization. Socioeconomic heterogeneity within the European Community (EC) / European Union (EU) has been broader at the regional level than at the national level, which is partially why a regional development policy was established. This chapter offers an overview of the European Regional Development Policy (ERDP) in the programming period 2014–2020 as well as an examination of its transformation over time. The main changes introduced in this policy are linked to the accession of Southern and Eastern Member States, the limited size of the EU budget, and the Great Recession. At least rhetorically, the foundational focus on regional and national convergence has been substituted with an emphasis on fostering innovation to improve the competitiveness of the EU economy. This reorientation is problematic from the point of view of political equality and consequently EU discontent.

You are not authenticated to view the full text of this chapter or article.

Elgaronline requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books or journals. Please login through your library system or with your personal username and password on the homepage.

Non-subscribers can freely search the site, view abstracts/ extracts and download selected front matter and introductory chapters for personal use.

Your library may not have purchased all subject areas. If you are authenticated and think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

Further information

or login to access all content.