Divergent Paths to Cohesion: The (Unintended) Consequences of a Place-Based Cohesion Policy

Stefan Telle, Martin Špaček, Daniela Craciun

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRegional and Local Development in Times of Polarisation: Re-thinking Spatial Policies in Europe
EditorsThilo Lang, Franziska Görmar
Place of PublicationSingapore
Number of pages24
ISBN (Print)978-981-13-1190-1
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Externally publishedYes


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