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Interpreting Convergence in the European Union

Patterns of Collective Action, Social Learning and Europeanization

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Interpreting Convergence in the European Union introduces the idea of collective action as a prerequisite for achieving convergence and cohesion in the European Union. Institutional networks and social capital play a crucial role in influencing actors' preferences and shaping institutional interactions through the process of political exchange and socialization. Although the main focus of the book is on policymaking processes and governance structures in EU regional policy, its core theoretical hypotheses and conclusion are drawn from empirical research into the response of Greek regions to the challenges of Europeanization. This framework is applicable to almost all areas of EU public policymaking.


Europe European Regional Policy European Union European Union (EU) Governance regional policy

About the authors

CHRISTOS J. PARASKEVOPOULOS is Research Associate at the London School of Economics European Institute. He has published articles in West European Politics, Regional and Federal Studies, Greek Political Science Review and TOPOS Review of Urban and Regional Studies. He has been nominated by the LSE /Government department for the 2000 British Political Science Association (PSA) Award.

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