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date: 05 March 2021

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This article focuses on debates concerning the political economy of EU regional policy. Section 35.1 discusses the key stages in the development of this area of EU decision making from the Treaty of Rome to the Treaty of Lisbon. Section 35.2 introduces the concept of multilevel governance. Section 35.3 explores debates over the economic rationale for the cohesion and structural funds. Section 35.4 looks at ongoing debates concerning the future of EU regional policy.

Keywords: EU regional policy, political economy, Treaty of Rome, Treaty of Lisbon, multilevel governance, structural funds

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