The Regional Dimension in European Public Policy

Convergence or Divergence?


Regional policy is likely to remain an important feature of European integration for many years to come. The first part of this book shows why a fast, automatic reduction of the regional socio-economic disparities within the EU is unlikely. The book analyses the key features of EU regional policy and investigates whether European regional policy is well co-ordinated with other European and national public policies that have an impact on the regional distribution of economic activity. Three policy areas are looked at in detail: national regional investment grants, research and development policy, and transport and infrastructure policy. The analysis identifies shortcomings within EU regional policy and co-ordination problems with other public policies, notably EU state aid control. Moreover, the results indicate that the cohesion problems within the EU are to a significant extent home-made by the countries concerned.
  • Palgrave Macmillan; May 1999
  • ISBN 9780333982594
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  • Title: The Regional Dimension in European Public Policy
  • Author: Reiner Martin
  • Imprint: Palgrave Macmillan

About The Author

Reiner Martin, born 1966 in Konstanz, Germany, is an economist with the German Federal Economics Ministry. He holds an MSc in domestic politics and foreign policy from the University of Bristol, an MA in international economics from the University of Sussex and a PhD from the Universität der Bundeswehr in Hamburg. Before joining the Economics Ministry he was Research Fellow at the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS), Brussels, and Researcher at the HWWA-Institute for Economic Research, Hamburg.