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This book concerns EU Cohesion Policy and the economic convergence of underdeveloped regions in Italy and Spain from the first programming period to the present: it investigates the political and institutional factors that determine the success or failure of implementing EU Cohesion Policy at national and sub-national level, as well as their impact on economic growth. On the wave of the American tradition of development studies, this book suggests that public policy analysis can be fruitful for understanding economic growth and cohesion, if it were to reconstruct domestic public interventions for development and the institutional characteristics of the subjects responsible for pursuing development goals. To do so, this book derives its theoretical foundations from the traditional debate on the role of state actors in promoting economic development and on the institutional characteristics that the public authorities involved in the process of economic development should display. More precisely, by adopting an Hirschmanian approach to development, it elaborates an original framework to compare different Cohesion Policy implementations and to understand its economic results in different countries, using Italy and Spain as pilot studies.

Table of Contents

Frontmatter

Chapter 1. Conceptualizing Cohesion Policy as a Case of Development Policy: A Framework for the Empirical Analysis

Abstract
Chapter 1 “Conceptualizing Cohesion Policy as a Case of Development Policy: A Framework for the Empirical Analysis” introduces the limits and potentialities of the use of policy analysis in the study of regional economic development, and it suggests the use of an abductive approach and the adoption of a working hypothesis methodology in designing a similar qualitative research. This chapter also introduces the theoretical framework used during the empirical analysis on the basis of the triple challenge that the new regulations introduced (institutional, strategic, and administrative), and the Hirschmanian approach adopted in this book. In general terms, it makes simultaneous use of the literature on Europeanization and historical institutionalism in explaining the way in which change occurred in the three dimensions under investigation.
Mattia Casula

Chapter 2. Understanding the Rules of the Game: How Cohesion Policy Works

Abstract
Chapter 2 “Understanding the Rules of the Game: How Cohesion Policy Works” describes the evolution, from 1989 to the present, of the “rules of the game” within which Italian and Spanish actors could appropriate European policy to their domestic contexts: it explains the single types of institutional, strategic, and administrative challenges introduced in each programming period by the EU regulations and the possible margins for maneuvre within which national and sub-national actors operated.
Mattia Casula

Chapter 3. The Italian Case: Between Decentralization and the Legacies of the Past

Abstract
Chapter 3 “The Italian Case: Between Decentralization and the Legacies of the Past” is about Cohesion Policy implementation in Italy from 1989 to the present day. It explores the way in which the European policy was molded according to the domestic preferences and the legacies historically rooted in the issue of regional development, by analyzing how the three investigated challenges (institutional, strategic, and administrative) had been addressed during the different programming cycles, as well as the possible benefits and/or criticalities that they had implicated.
Mattia Casula

Chapter 4. The Spanish Case: The Benefits of a National Coordination

Abstract
Chapter 4 “The Spanish Case: The Benefits of a National Coordination” is about Cohesion Policy implementation in Spain from 1989 to the present day. It explores the way in which the European policy was molded according to the domestic preferences and the legacies historically rooted in the issue of regional development, by analyzing how the three investigated challenges (institutional, strategic, and administrative) had been addressed during the different programming cycles, as well as the possible benefits and/or criticalities that they had implicated.
Mattia Casula

Chapter 5. Conclusions: Two Cases in a Comparative Perspective

Abstract
Chapter 5 “Conclusions: Two Cases in a Comparative Perspective” summarizes the main results of the research, and provides both lessons for Europeanization and development studies, and policy recommendations for EU Cohesion Policy implementation.
Mattia Casula

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