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    Euro-regionalism and struggles over scales of governance: the politics of Ireland’s regionalisation approach to Structural Fund allocations 2000–2006


    Boyle, Mark (2000) Euro-regionalism and struggles over scales of governance: the politics of Ireland’s regionalisation approach to Structural Fund allocations 2000–2006. Political Geography, 19 (6). pp. 737-769. ISSN 0962-6298

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    Abstract

    In the context of the publication of Agenda 2000 and the accelerated progress of the Irish economy from 1993, the Republic of Ireland’s1 position in relation to Structural Fund transfers generally, and qualification for Objective 1 status specifically, has undergone substantial revision since 1997. Against this backdrop, Ireland lodged a formal application with Eurostat in November 1998 to divide the country into two regions, one which would continue to qualify for Objective 1 funds, the other qualifying only for “Objective 1 in transition” status. This “regionalisation” strategy proved to generate substantial controversy both within and between the European Union (EU), the Irish government, and existing regional and local authorities and development agencies. These controversies were rooted in the need to transform the highly centralist scale division of the Irish state. At one level, the purpose of this paper is to evaluate the significance of these conflicts in the light of recent debate in political geography regarding the conditions which serve to ground the EU’s broader philosophy of a Europe of the Regions in particular ways, in particular places, at particular times. More generally, however, in respect to both its chosen methodology and findings, the paper hopes to contribute to the development of a process based approach to the contemporary (re)scaling of governance.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: Ireland; Agenda 2000; Regionalisation strategy; Scaling of governance; Euro-regionalism; Regional imaginaries;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Geography
    Item ID: 8705
    Depositing User: Mark Boyle
    Date Deposited: 28 Aug 2017 16:53
    Journal or Publication Title: Political Geography
    Publisher: Elsevier
    Refereed: Yes
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