Innovation, Regional Development, and European Union Policies

Innovation, Regional Development, and European Union Policies2021-02-09T16:24:29+01:00

Over the past decades, the processes of economic integration and technological change have altered the structure of the world economy, redefining the competitive advantages of many areas and regions. The economic crisis which began in 2008 has further modified the pre-existing structures by impacting asymmetrically on countries and regions, and engendering different paths of recovery. Similar heterogeneity has been observed more recently in the response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The socio-economic system and its innovative capacity, the institutional context, the individual and systemic features of firms (including multinationals) and other local actors (including universities) have a crucial role in determining these development paths and their sustainability.

Given these challenges, and the inability of traditional sectoral economic policies to respond to them, a variety of actions and tools have been designed to relaunch innovation, growth and employment in all national and local contexts. Within the European Union, the ‘Europe 2020’ strategy has laid the bases for coordination of all European Community policies concerned with these objectives, and it has closely targeted the financial allocations for 2014-2020 on their pursuit.

In this regard, the Rossi-Doria Centre intends to study the dynamics of innovation, growth, and employment in the Regions of the European Union. It devotes particular attention to the role of public policies (local, national and Community) in those areas.

In particular, research at the Centre focuses on:
a) analysis of the determinants of innovation, growth and employment dynamics in the regions of the European Union, also from a comparative perspective;
b) analysis of the role of local and multinational firms in European regions, also in regard to their positioning in global value chains and global production networks;
c) analysis of the design of public development and innovation policies;
d) analysis of the impact of development policies with particular regard to the European Union’s regional and rural development policies.

Understanding European Economic Policy: Towards a Deeper Union (DEEPLY)

The Project is coordinated by the Rossi-Doria Centre under the Erasmus + Jean Monnet Program, with different Partner Institutions (The London School of Economics and Political Science; Manlio Masi Foundation; Sapienza University of Rome; University of Sannio). It aims to promote studies, knowledge, consciousness, monitoring activities and international spread about EU Trade and Cohesion Policies economic policies over a wide range of target groups (e.g. scholars, students, civil society, stakeholders, experts from Institutions, and policy makers) to stimulate knowledge transfer and cross- fertilization.

Implementation of the First Pillar of the CAP 2014–2020 in the EU Member States

Contracting Authority: Council for Agricultural Research and Economics (CREA), for the European Parliament’s Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development.

The Rossi-Doria Centre partecipated to the study committed by the European Parliament with the aim of analysing the implemenattion of the Common Agricultural Policy in the 2014-2020 period with a focus on the member states level. Researchers of the Rossi-Doria Centre who partecipated to the team coordinated by Roberto Henke (project leader) and including Maria Rosaria Pupo D’Andrea (scientific editor), Theodoros Benos (consultant), Tatiana Castellotti, Fabio Pierangeli, Simona Romeo Lironcurti (CREA) are Fabrizio De Filippis, Mara Giua, Laura Rosatelli (Rossi-Doria Centre).

Mara Giua, L’Europa e le sue componenti come fattori condizionanti per l’attuazione della politica sul territorio nel caso del Mezzogiorno italiano, in Manin Carabba, Riccardo Padovani e Laura Polverari (Eds): Le politiche di coesione in Europa tra austerità e nuove sfide, Quaderni Svimez, n. 47 (2016), ISBN: 9788898966042.

Riccardo Crescenzi and Mara Giua, Different approaches to the analysis of the EU Cohesion Policy: leveraging complementarities for evidence-based policy learning, in Berkowitz P., Bachtler J., Muravska T. and Hardy S. (Eds) Challenges for the New Cohesion Policy 2014-2020, Routledge, Regions and Cities book series, 2016, ISBN: 978 1 138 22464 3.

Riccardo Crescenzi and Fabrizio De Filippis, Cohesion policy and rural development, in Piattoni S. and Polverari L. (editors), Handbook of Cohesion Policy in the EU, Edward Elgar, 2016, ISBN: 978 1 78471 566 3.

Riccardo Crescenzi and Mara Giua, UK’s less developed regions stand to suffer most when top-down EU funding is gone, LSE Brexit Blog, 2016.

Mara Giua (2016), Spatial discontinuity for the impact assessment of the EU Regional policy. The case of the Italian Objective 1 regionsJournal of Regional Science, DOI: 10.1111/jors.12300 (2016).†
First published: 16 August 2016

Riccardo Crescenzi and Mara Giua, The EU Cohesion Policy in context: Does a bottom-up approach work in all regions?  Environment and Planning A (2016)52(1): 134–152.
Published online before print July 12, 2016, doi: 10.1177/0308518X16658291

Nicola Daniele Coniglio, Raffaele Lagravinese and Davide Vurchio, Production sophisticatedness and growth: evidence from Italian provinces before and during the crisis, 1997-2013Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society (2016), 9 (2): 423-442.
doi: 10.1093/cjres/rsw006
First published online: May 11, 2016

Riccardo Crescenzi and Mara Giua (2014). The EU Cohesion Policy in context: regional growth and the influence of agricultural and rural development policies. LEQS paper No.85, London School of Economics.
Published 23 December 2014

Riccardo Crescenzi, Fabrizio De Filippis and Fabio Pierangeli, In tandem for cohesion? Synergies and conflicts between regional and agricultural policies of the European Union, Regional Studies, 49 (4), 2015, doi:10.1080/00343404.2014.946401
First Published online: 24 September 2014

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