The necessity for regional policy-makers to find a balance between shaping and adapting to structural change is well-known. But to what extent does this apply to a European strategy with a «soft» governance process relying largely on benchmarking and peer pressure – the Lisbon Strategy for Growth and Jobs? Paradigms for an increase of competitiveness – also regional competitiveness – spelled out so often and vigorously lose their degree of assertiveness, when turning to economic theory for their foundations. The authors – economists and political scientists with practical experience in EU institutions – deal in their contributions with different issues relevant for decision-makers in modern regional policy. By doing so, it is possible to challenge the seemingly established consensus on what is feasible in the EU and what is not.
Frankfurt am Main, Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2008. 121 pp., num. tables and graphs
Contents: Marjorie Jouen: Endogenous Local Development versus Foreign Direct Investment Strategies: Are there
alternative regional options in EU 27? – Andreas Weida: The Lisbon Strategy after its 2005 re-launch - Difficulties for regional
economic concepts – Silke Tönshoff: Horizon 2010: Local and Regional authorities in the strategy for Jobs and Growth – Bernard
Chane-Kune: Decentralisation, decentralized cooperation and economic development – Andreas Weida: Concepts of a local business
tax - an overview of criteria and arguments.