The Evolution and Impact of EU Regional and Rural Policy


The Evolution
and Impact
of EU Regional
and
Rural Policy

FAO Investment Centre/World Bank Working Paper
September 2008

 


World Bank
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
Rome, Italy 2008


ABSTRACT

This working paper was commissioned by the World Bank under the FAO/World Bank Cooperation Programme. It was written as a background research paper for the 2009 edition of the World Development Report. The paper elaborates on the history and theoretical background of the European Union’s rural and regional policies. In particular, it examines how the endogenous growth theory has influenced these policies. The paper also introduces a series of lessons learned from the EU's endogenous approach to regional and rural development that could possibly be of interest and use to development agencies.



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