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The regional dimension of the Lisbon strategy : a Dutch perspective on sub-national involvment

Pauw, Richard Leander (2007) The regional dimension of the Lisbon strategy : a Dutch perspective on sub-national involvment.

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Abstract:This thesis digs into the role of city networks in the drafting process of National Reform Programmes, aimed at making the EU the most competitive economy in the world. Dutch cities are not big enough to position themselves as an economie core (the place to be) on a European or even global scale. Therefore, they seek alliances with other cities in order to put themselves on the map. City networks could be logical partners for the European institutions and national government in this process. After all, city networks have knowledge of local labour market conditions; delivery of local education and training facilities; responsibility for quality of transport links and other communications facilities; stimulating local and inward investment; enhancing local living/working environments etcetera. At present, city networks do not have any formal role in co-deciding on drafting the NRPs. They do not even have a formal consulting-task. Moreover, path dependency of the national government (referring to choice of partners that was made by the national government during the first-time draft) and the city networks themselves (limited scope of their competences and room to manoeuvre) limits the chance of the Dutch city networks to truly flourish as an important player in the Lisbon arena
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:85 business administration, organizational science
Programme:European Studies MSc (69303)
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