Comparing the influence of structural funds programmes on regional development approaches in Western Scotland and Silesia: adaptation or assimilation?

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Abstract

The implementation of EU Structural Funds (SF) programmes is credited with influencing the focus and content of domestic regional development activities, enhancing coordination of national and sub-national levels tasked with regional development and strengthening partnerships between public, private and voluntary actors. However, the influence of programmes is uneven. Analyses, based on the Europeanization literature, present a complex relationship between EU and domestic factors. A range of variables has been identified to explain this differential influence. The paper contends that, when considering New Member States (NMS) from Central and Eastern Europe (CEE), this approach requires reorientation. In the face of strategically weak and under-resourced domestic approaches, programmes are driving, rather than attempting to adjust, the domestic regional development agendas. To support this, the paper takes a comparative approach, assessing the influence of programmes in cases from opposite ends of the SF implementation spectrum: the UK (Western Scotland) and Poland (Silesia).
LanguageEnglish
Number of pages29
JournalEuropean Journal of Spacial Development
Issue number28
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2007

Fingerprint

Silesia
regional development
assimilation
EU
public-private partnership
public private partnership
Central Europe
Eastern Europe
Poland
programme

Keywords

  • structural funds
  • regional development
  • Europeanization
  • member states
  • Europe

Cite this

@article{e0c3db0eda554a778e36598ae26317ca,
title = "Comparing the influence of structural funds programmes on regional development approaches in Western Scotland and Silesia: adaptation or assimilation?",
abstract = "The implementation of EU Structural Funds (SF) programmes is credited with influencing the focus and content of domestic regional development activities, enhancing coordination of national and sub-national levels tasked with regional development and strengthening partnerships between public, private and voluntary actors. However, the influence of programmes is uneven. Analyses, based on the Europeanization literature, present a complex relationship between EU and domestic factors. A range of variables has been identified to explain this differential influence. The paper contends that, when considering New Member States (NMS) from Central and Eastern Europe (CEE), this approach requires reorientation. In the face of strategically weak and under-resourced domestic approaches, programmes are driving, rather than attempting to adjust, the domestic regional development agendas. To support this, the paper takes a comparative approach, assessing the influence of programmes in cases from opposite ends of the SF implementation spectrum: the UK (Western Scotland) and Poland (Silesia).",
keywords = "structural funds, regional development, Europeanization, member states, Europe",
author = "M. Ferry",
year = "2007",
month = "10",
language = "English",
journal = "European Journal of Spacial Development",
issn = "1650-9544",
publisher = "Nordregio",
number = "28",

}

TY - JOUR

T1 - Comparing the influence of structural funds programmes on regional development approaches in Western Scotland and Silesia

T2 - European Journal of Spacial Development

AU - Ferry, M.

PY - 2007/10

Y1 - 2007/10

N2 - The implementation of EU Structural Funds (SF) programmes is credited with influencing the focus and content of domestic regional development activities, enhancing coordination of national and sub-national levels tasked with regional development and strengthening partnerships between public, private and voluntary actors. However, the influence of programmes is uneven. Analyses, based on the Europeanization literature, present a complex relationship between EU and domestic factors. A range of variables has been identified to explain this differential influence. The paper contends that, when considering New Member States (NMS) from Central and Eastern Europe (CEE), this approach requires reorientation. In the face of strategically weak and under-resourced domestic approaches, programmes are driving, rather than attempting to adjust, the domestic regional development agendas. To support this, the paper takes a comparative approach, assessing the influence of programmes in cases from opposite ends of the SF implementation spectrum: the UK (Western Scotland) and Poland (Silesia).

AB - The implementation of EU Structural Funds (SF) programmes is credited with influencing the focus and content of domestic regional development activities, enhancing coordination of national and sub-national levels tasked with regional development and strengthening partnerships between public, private and voluntary actors. However, the influence of programmes is uneven. Analyses, based on the Europeanization literature, present a complex relationship between EU and domestic factors. A range of variables has been identified to explain this differential influence. The paper contends that, when considering New Member States (NMS) from Central and Eastern Europe (CEE), this approach requires reorientation. In the face of strategically weak and under-resourced domestic approaches, programmes are driving, rather than attempting to adjust, the domestic regional development agendas. To support this, the paper takes a comparative approach, assessing the influence of programmes in cases from opposite ends of the SF implementation spectrum: the UK (Western Scotland) and Poland (Silesia).

KW - structural funds

KW - regional development

KW - Europeanization

KW - member states

KW - Europe

M3 - Article

JO - European Journal of Spacial Development

JF - European Journal of Spacial Development

SN - 1650-9544

IS - 28

ER -