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Regional Densities of Cooperation: Are There Measurable Effects on Regional Development?

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Institute of Geography, University of Giessen, D-35390 Giessen, Germany
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iaw—Institute Labour and the Economy Bremen, University of Bremen, D-28359 Bremen, Germany
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Urban Sci. 2020, 4(3), 40; https://doi.org/10.3390/urbansci4030040
Received: 17 May 2020 / Revised: 21 July 2020 / Accepted: 26 August 2020 / Published: 30 August 2020
Almost three decades ago, a paradigm change in funding policies for rural regions became effective in Europe and Germany, involving a move towards cooperative, actor-oriented regional development. However, little research has been published on the extent to which funding approaches intended to activate cooperation have led to regional-economic effects in the regions. This paper presents a countrywide statistical evaluation of the link between the deployment of funding programmes and established regional development indicators. The investigation is based on the analysis of 27 funding programmes, pilot projects and competitions from five policy fields, covering the period from 1991 to 2016. Its analyses are founded on the largest database of regional-development programmes implemented in Germany and the first attempt to detect cumulative effects of a large number of programmes over a long period. Further research in this direction should first gather detailed information on the scope of funding programmes in the regions. View Full-Text
Keywords: regional governance; regional cooperation; networks; measurable effects; regional economy; state funding; Germany regional governance; regional cooperation; networks; measurable effects; regional economy; state funding; Germany
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Diller, C.; Nischwitz, G.; Kohl, M.; Chojnowski, P. Regional Densities of Cooperation: Are There Measurable Effects on Regional Development? Urban Sci. 2020, 4, 40. https://doi.org/10.3390/urbansci4030040

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Diller C, Nischwitz G, Kohl M, Chojnowski P. Regional Densities of Cooperation: Are There Measurable Effects on Regional Development? Urban Science. 2020; 4(3):40. https://doi.org/10.3390/urbansci4030040

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Diller, Christian, Guido Nischwitz, Martin Kohl, and Patrick Chojnowski. 2020. "Regional Densities of Cooperation: Are There Measurable Effects on Regional Development?" Urban Science 4, no. 3: 40. https://doi.org/10.3390/urbansci4030040

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