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The price of Europeanization: why European regional policy initiatives are a mixed blessing

By Eiko R. Thielemann


In trying to explain and assess the impact of European policy initiatives on regional policy-making in the member states, the article identifies three dichotomies (or competing functioning logics) that have shaped regional policy-making in Europe. Against the background of these dichotomies, the article addresses three questions that are crucial for analysing regional policy-making in Europe. Are the Structural Funds primarily a compensatory mechanism for imbalances in net-contributions to the EU budget? Has the logic of decision-making in the area of European regional policy moved towards multi-level governance? Are European cohesion objectives undermined by the Commission's activities in the area of state-aid control? Evidence from East Germany's integration into the EC's regional policy regime supports the claim that European regional policy initiatives can constitute a double-edged sword for member states. While member states have been able to reap financial benefits, these benefits have come at a political cost as European regional policy initiatives have curtailed the independence of national authorities

Topics: JN Political institutions (Europe)
Publisher: Routledge
Year: 2002
DOI identifier: 10.1080/714004719
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Provided by: LSE Research Online
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