European Cohesion?

Contradictions in EU Integration

  • Chris¬†Rumford

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Chris Rumford
    Pages 1-18
  3. Chris Rumford
    Pages 19-73
  4. Chris Rumford
    Pages 163-178
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 179-196

About this book


This book addresses the problem of cohesion in the European Union. It examines EU cohesion policies and other policies which significantly reduce the likelihood of cohesion being achieved. It challenges the idea that regional policy is a form of wealth distribution. It argues that cohesion, rather than being an objective in its own right, has been systematically redefined as a tool of competitiveness, and that neoliberal economic priorities have led to the privileging of regional autonomy over cohesion.


EU integration European Union European Union (EU) regional policy

Authors and affiliations

  • Chris¬†Rumford
    • 1
  1. 1.City UniversityLondon

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