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2011

Setting the Scene for Competition Policy Control of Regional Aid 2014+

Recent developments in State aid control have been dominated by the response to the financial and economic crisis. However, in the last few months, consideration has been given to the reform of the regional aid guidelines (RAG) for the post 2013 period. The aim of this paper is to set the scene for the reform…

2011

How the EU affects domestic institutional capacities: the Europeanisation of Greece’s administrative system in the context of the EU’s Regional Policy

This paper aims to explain the institutional impact that the European Union’s Regiona Policy (EURP) had on Greece, by adopting a conceptual framework based on the theories ofEuropeanisation and implementation. The four principles that govern the operation of the programmes – partnership, programming, concentration and additionality – as well as themanagement tools that are implicit…

2011

Setting the stage for the reform of Cohesion policy after 2013

This paper provides a review and assessment of the current state of the debate on thefuture of Cohesion policy. It begins, by setting out the context for reform in terms ofeconomic governance, institutional changes and the policy priorities of Europe 2020. It then reviews the state-of-play of the budget debate, highlighting different national positions. For…

2011

Impact and effectiveness of the Structural Funds and EU policies aimed at SMEs in the regions

This study provides a description of the general nature of SMEs and their development factors as well as the support that Cohesion Policy and other EU policies provide to SMEs. It then assesses practical aspects and effects of Cohesion Policy on enterprises and SMEs on the basis of a review of published materials and eight…

2011

The Future of EU Cohesion Policy: Budgetary Implications for Cyprus

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2011

Administrative Reform and Unintended Consequences: An Assessment of the EU Cohesion Policy ‘Audit Explosion’

This paper investigates the effects of administrative reform in the Commission on policy implementation and outcomes through a study of EU Cohesion policy auditing. It argues that the growth in audit has taken a distinctively compliance-oriented form, in contrast with the performance audit model adopted in other countries that have embraced administrative modernization agendas. Further,…

2011

Peripheral regions – a marginal concern?

This paper examines the theme of peripherality from a conceptual and policy viewpoint. A simple regression analysis of correlations between, on the one hand, indicators of accessibility and population density and, on the other, socio-economic strength, shows that there is a statistically significant correlation betweeninaccessibility / low population density and structural socio-economic weaknesses, both at…

2011

Regional resilience in the 2008-2010 downturn

The paper draws on the concept of regional resilience to examine the impact of the 2008–2010 downturn across regions in Europe. It finds that correlations between resilience and regional strength/fragility varied between countries in both 2009 and 2010, that resilience was weaker in manufacturing regions in 2009 but not 2010 and that the resilience of…

2011

The Lisbonisation of EU Cohesion Policy: A Successful Case of Experimentalist Governance?

This article traces the emergence of a new “experimentalist governance architecture” in EU Cohesion policy and assesses its effectiveness. Following trends in other EU policy areas, the core features of the architecture are the joint setting of objectives between EU institutions and the Member States, (semi-)autonomous implementation by the Member States and regions, the use…

2011

To Roll Forward or Roll Back? Regional Aid Control 2014+

The principal aim of this paper is to assess the future of the Regional Aid Guidelines. It begins with a brief overview of wider developments in State aid control and regional aid before exploring the options for reform of the Regional Aid Guidelines post 2013. In looking forward, the paper sets out the impact of…

2011

Strategic Options for Cyprus: A Preliminary Assessment

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2022

Creating public value in regional policy. Bringing citizens back in

We develop a novel citizen-centred multi-dimensional approach to public value creation in regional policy. Drawing on 47 citizen focus groups in 16 European regions, public values are analysed through an interpretative comparative approach. Goal attainment is a positive and widely held value. However, evaluations of institutional performance and democratic values are more negative. The findings…