Rescaling urban development policy in the EU: the impact of integrated place-based approaches in Cohesion Policy

Carlos Mendez, Arno van der Zwet*, Sylwia Borkowska-Waszak

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Abstract

This article investigates the role of European Union (EU) Cohesion Policy in urban development policy rescaling following the introduction of a strengthened regulatory framework for integrated territorial development in 2014–20. We find variations in the rescaling of sustainable urban development policies in the Netherlands, Poland and Spain shaped by domestic politics, path dependence and institutional capacity. The theoretical implication is that the European Commission’s focus on a functional rationale for urban rescaling encounters political, policy and institutional constraints, which raises questions about the EU’s capacity to shape rescaling dynamics and the need for more flexible approaches to achieve EU goals.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1154-1165
Number of pages12
JournalRegional Studies
Volume55
Issue number6
Early online date17 Mar 2021
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 3 Jun 2021

Keywords

  • urban governance
  • sustainable urban development
  • Cohesion Policy
  • rescaling
  • place-based development

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