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Author(s): Marques, Teresa Sá
Saraiva, Miguel Marinho
Title: Re-thinking territorial cohesion in the european planning context
Issue Date: 2018-07
Abstract: The socio-economic dimensions of cohesion have long been considered an integralpart of Europeanization. However, recently a third dimension has been added to theEurope 2020 cohesion policy debate: territorial cohesion. Consequently this term is asyet undeveloped, resulting in a lack of consensus on how to define and interpret it. Suchambiguity represents a theoretical and empirical challenge to regional actors needing torespond to European Union (EU) directives while operationalizing the concept within theirnational and/or regional agendas. This article uses Portugal as a case study to examinehow the concept of territorial cohesion is being interpreted and transposed from EU-basedto territorial-based instruments and policy documents. First, we conducted a qualitativecontent analysis (QCA) of a selection of European and regional publications to comparetheir intrinsic discourses. This was followed by around 60 structured qualitative interviews,conducted with leading actors who had been instrumental in writing or implementingregional policy documents. On the basis of this dual analysis we conclude that, as a whole,the writers of the Portuguese strategic documents successfully transposed this concept,although perceptible differences exist between regions, as local actors have selectivelyredefined it to better suit their strategic priorities. These differences are debated withthe aim of contributing to the design of effective public policies that facilitate inclusion,cohesion and Europeanization.
Subject: Geografia
Document Type: Artigo em Revista Científica Internacional
Rights: restrictedAccess
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