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Central governance and regional development: the case of the EU CSF II and the Hellenic Regions of Central Macedonia and Epirus.

Hatzaras, Kyriakos Stergiou (2008) Central governance and regional development: the case of the EU CSF II and the Hellenic Regions of Central Macedonia and Epirus. PhD thesis, London School of Economics and Political Science (United Kingdom).

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The transformation of production structures in Western national economies that ensued since the 1970s, prompted by the increase in international economic exchange, has been read by different scholarly viewpoints that offer interpretation of cause and effect and provide reasoning behind socio-economic depression and the determinants to economic growth and social development in the new global context. A common premise that studies make recourse to is the importance attributed to the region as delimited unit of area and governance. In the latter quarter of the 20th century, regional prosperity was increasingly seen as correlated to self-governance and autonomy with regard to policymaking for growth. The European Union provided for such accommodating institutional innovation in its member states with the ratification of the Single European Act. Cohesion and convergence between the European core and underdeveloped regions formed aims of Community policy and subnational governance was instituted as a partner in the realisation of the Europeanised regional policy. During the 1990s, sizeable regional programmes were implemented that brought about significant outcomes in the domestic context of member states across the European periphery. This study examines regional programming in two "Objective 1" regions of Greece, namely Central Macedonia, a largely urbanised region, and Epirus, a rural region, during the period of 1994-2002 and as part of the 2nd Community Support Framework. On the basis of official programming data and actor interviewing, this thesis argues that whilst cohesion policy has promoted regionalisation through partnership, the inertia shown by central national and European governance has impeded development through the uneven advancement of programme objectives and policy in the field and the enhancement of the earlier dominant role of the state in the economy.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Economics, Theory
Sets: Collections > ProQuest Etheses

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