Beyond Brexit: reshaping policies for regional development in Europe

John Bachtler, Iain Begg

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Regional development is one of the main EU spending priorities through its Cohesion Policy. Brexit is one of several influences on the future of the policy, whose evolution is part of a wider reshaping of the principles and practice of regional policy in Europe. In the context of emerging policy challenges and recent contributions to the regional policy literature, the article highlights innovation, human capital and effective institutions as three crucial dimensions of future policy. It argues that a shift in regional policy priorities, governance and territorial focus is underway – partly influenced by place-based policy thinking - at EU level under Cohesion Policy as well as under national regional policies in the EU27 and the UK.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages25
JournalPapers in Regional Science
Early online date4 Jan 2018
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 4 Jan 2018


  • brexit
  • regional development
  • EU cohesion policy
  • regional policy
  • place-based policy


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