An Assessment of Multilevel Governance in Cohesion Policy 2007-2013

Cite as: Radzyner, A., Tödtling-Schönhofer, H., Frangenheim, A., (METIS) Mendez, C., Bachtler, J., Charles, D., & Granqvist, K. (EPRC) (2014) An Assessment of Multilevel Governance in Cohesion Policy 2007-2013. Report to European Parliament, Committee on Regional Development, European Parliament, Brussels

The objective of this study is to provide a comprehensive overview of Multilevel Governance in Cohesion Policy in the current programming period of 2007-2013. In addition to examining the evolution of the theoretical concept of MLG, this study analyses the current processes of implementing MLG in the EU27, describes the advantages and disadvantages of partnerships in policy-making, and attempts to examine the factors shaping the effectiveness of MLG implementation. Drawing strategic and operational recommendations in the context of the preparation of the 2014-2020 programming period, the study analyses the trade-off between MLG and the effectiveness and efficiency of Cohesion Policy based on findings from desk research as well as a comparative analysis of nine different ERDF Operational Programmes (OPs).

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