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The End of the Beginning? Welsh Regional Policy and Objective One

Brooksbank, D., Clifton, Nicholas Charles, Jones-Evans, D. and Pickernell, D. G. 2001. The End of the Beginning? Welsh Regional Policy and Objective One. European Planning Studies 9 (2) , pp. 254-274. 10.1080/09654310020027948

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'West Wales and the Valleys' now qualify for EU Objective One status, entitled to draw down up to ?1.3 billion in EU funds, matched from public and private sources between 2000 and 2006. However, there are many issues raised by the process of organizing the subsequent programme. There are questions over policy focus in the economically diverse Objective One areas, how governance of these policies will work, and the wider implications of Objective One in financial and political terms. There is also debate over previous regional policy initiatives in a Wales that for many years had access to a relatively large share of the UK's regional policy budget and EU funds, yet still faced falling GDP per head as a proportion of the UK average, west Wales and the Valleys' very Objective One status relying on GDP per capita under 75% of the EU average

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Neuroscience and Mental Health Research Institute (NMHRI)
Geography and Planning (GEOPL)
ISSN: 14695944
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2019 09:09

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