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Interpreting Convergence in the European Union

Christos J Paraskevopoulos
Palgrave (June 2001)

This book introduces the idea of collective action as a prerequisite for achieving convergence and socio-economic cohesion in the EU. Social capital and institutional networks play a crucial role in achieving collective action, by influencing actors' preferences and shaping the institutional (inter-organisational) interactions through processes of political exchange and socialisation. Although the main focus of the book is on policy-making precesses and governance structures in EU regional policy, its core theoretical hypotheses and conclusions are drawn from empirical research into the response of Greek regions to the challenges of Europeanisation. This framework is applicable to almost all areas of EU public policy-making.