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The Europeanisation of cities within Regions

Dijkstra, K.N. (2020) The Europeanisation of cities within Regions.

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Abstract:With Europeanisation and Regionalisation as ongoing processes that characterise the development of the European Union, Structural Funds are getting more important for cities within regions. Via the requirements placed on the admission of European Social Fund (ESF) projects, cities are stimulated to collaborate with each other in order to make the ESF more effective towards local needs.Data for the analysis in this thesis originates from academic literature, and a variety of policy documents of the European Union, Germany and the Netherlands. Additionally, interviews were held with policy officers working at districts and municipalities located in the Münster and Twente regions. The results show that the regionalisation of the ESF has led to changes in using the ESF in Germany and the Netherlands. At the same time the regionalisation of the ESF has increased collaboration between cities in the region of Münster and Twente. The increased collaboration has led to both opportunities and threats for the municipalities in the Twente and Münster regions. Nevertheless, the regionalisation of the ESF has led to more formal collaboration between local actors and has been overall beneficial for the regions of Münster and Twente for the 2014-2020 programming period.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:88 social and public administration
Programme:European Studies MSc (69303)
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