This chapter employs computer-assisted text analysis (CATA) to measure changes in EU Cohesion Policy (CP) objectives and to illustrate their place-based consequences. The method confirms a major shift in focus from employment and social objectives under the Lisbon Agenda to growth and innovation objectives under the Europe 2020 strategy. At the regional level, the same tendency has been found in German and Czech cross-border cooperation programmes in the last two programming periods. However, a more in-depth analysis reveals that these changes are significantly more pronounced in older member states. The chapter interprets its findings as evidence for a divergence between an innovation-driven path to cohesion in older member states and an inclusion-driven path to cohesion in the new member states and offer some tentative explanations.
|Title of host publication||Regional and Local Development in Times of Polarisation: Re-thinking Spatial Policies in Europe|
|Editors||Thilo Lang, Franziska Görmar|
|Place of Publication||Singapore|
|Number of pages||24|
|Publication status||Published - 2019|
Telle, S., Špaček, M., & Craciun, D. (2019). Divergent Paths to Cohesion: The (Unintended) Consequences of a Place-Based Cohesion Policy. In T. Lang, & F. Görmar (Eds.), Regional and Local Development in Times of Polarisation: Re-thinking Spatial Policies in Europe (pp. 149-172). Singapore: Springer Singapore. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-13-1190-1_7