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European Cohesion : Contradictions in EU Integration - Chris Rumford

European Cohesion

Contradictions in EU Integration

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Published: 19th April 2000
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This book addresses the problem of cohesion in the European Union. It examines not just those policies designed to bring about cohesion, but also those which significantly reduce the likelihood of cohesion being achieved. It also examines the relationship between policies generated by the EU and those initiated by member states, as these are not always complementary. The book focuses on three areas of EU activity: regional policy, trans-European networks, and state aids to industry, and it challenges some assumptions about cohesion; for example, that regional policy is a form of redistribution of wealth from richer to poorer areas. It argues that cohesion, rather than being an objective in its own right, has been systematically redefined as a tool of competitiveness. It further argues that in order to understand the EU we must look at the ways in which neo-liberal economic priorities have led to the privileging of regional autonomy over cohesion.

List of Tablesp. ix
Acknowledgementsp. x
Prefacep. xi
A Framework for Studying Cohesion
Aims of the bookp. 1
The narrative of cohesion and the narrative of autonomizationp. 6
A theoretical frameworkp. 10
The organization of the bookp. 15
Regional Policy and Cohesion
The problem of cohesionp. 19
Disparities within the European Unionp. 22
Structural and cohesion policyp. 28
The effectiveness of regional policyp. 35
Sixth Periodic Report on the Social and Economic Situation and Development of Regions in the European Unionp. 47
First Cohesion Reportp. 53
Regional policy and cohesionp. 62
Trans-European Networks and Cross-Border Projects
Introductionp. 74
Trans-European networksp. 76
Community Initiativesp. 86
The PHARE programmep. 88
Cross-border projects and the pre-accession strategy for non-members: the case of Turkeyp. 92
The EU's energy market: competition or cooperation?p. 108
Cross-border projects: European networks or one-way traffic?p. 120
State Aids and the European Union: Competition Policy or Industrial Policy?
Introduction: what are state aids?p. 123
The 'commonsense' view of state aidsp. 126
EU competition policy and state aidsp. 129
European Commission surveys on state aidsp. 134
Case studiesp. 140
State aids and the problem of cohesionp. 153
Metaphors of Cohesion
The European model of societyp. 163
Europe in metaphorsp. 165
Autonomization and the EUp. 169
Notesp. 179
Bibliographyp. 187
Indexp. 193
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ISBN: 9780333774694
ISBN-10: 0333774698
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 196
Published: 19th April 2000
Publisher: SPRINGER VERLAG GMBH
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 20.32 x 12.7  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.34
Edition Number: 1