European Unification-A Process of Convergence, or Divergence? (Second Edition) [Special Edition for Universities (in Greek)] Athens: Historical Quest (2014)-It is being taught for 7th consecutive year (Now you can also find this book at bookshops)

This book is the special edition for Universities. It is being taught for 7th consecutive year at the Athens University of Economics and Business and the Technological Educational Institute of Kalamata. This book refers to the Regional Policy and Cohesion Policy of the European Union, the political and economic situation of the European Union, the NSRF and the Enlargements. Through this book, Ioannis Vasileiou attempts, in a simple way, to enable students to understand some of the fundamental economic and political issues and concepts of the Regional Policy of the European Union, which is considered to be one of the most important, with a huge impact on all member states without exception. Issues, such as institutional capacity, the absorption capacity of European Union funds, the proper functioning of the Structural Funds and the constructive cooperation of regions and countries with the European Union are key components towards the desirable economic convergence. This book covers a wide range of subjects regarding a) the main institutions, bodies, committees and programmes that determine the structure and functions of the Regional Policy and Cohesion Policy, b) the reforms of 1988 and the management framework from the First Cycle (CSF) until nowadays and c) the targets and prospects towards 2020. The importance of the Regional Policy of the European Union is such that can determine, to a large extent, the present and future of the Union.

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Chapter 1: Introduction

Chapter 2: Regionalism, Structuralism and Regional Development
2.1-Region and Regionalism and the Connection Between Them
2.1.1-Region: A Definition of the Meaning
2.2-Regional Scale and Regionalization: The Framework of Theory for the Study of “Regions”
2.3-Dependency Theory and Structuralism: Core Against Periphery
2.4-Regional Development Theory: Regional Convergence and Divergence

Chapter 3: The Regional Policy of the EU: A Brief Historical Review
3.1-Regional Policy Before 1988
3.2-Cycles (Financial Periods): Towards A More Efficient Cohesion Policy
3.2.1-First Cycle (CSF) (1989-1993)
3.2.2-Second Cycle (CSF) (1994-1999)
3.2.3-Third Cycle (CSF) (2000-2006)
3.2.4-Fourth Cycle (NSRF) (2007-2013)

Chapter 4: Policy Evaluation Theory and Results of the Four Cycles (Financial Periods)
4.1-Policy Evaluation Theory
4.2-Results of the Four Cycles (Financial Periods)
4.2.1-First Cycle (CSF) (1989-1993)
4.2.2-Second Cycle (CSF) (1994-1999)
4.2.3-Third Cycle (CSF) (2000-2006)
4.2.4-Fourth Cycle (NSRF) (2007-2013)

Chapter 5: The Economic Profile of the Regional Policy in the Context of the EU
5.1-Regional Policy in Numbers

Chapter 6: The Enlargement Context
6.1-Acceding, Candidate and Potential Candidate EU Member States
6.2-Rules, Guidelines and Conditions for Enlargement
6.3-Pre-Accession Strategy and Negotiation Process

Chapter 7: Case Studies: An Acceding (Croatia) and A Candidate (Iceland) Country
7.1-The Case of Croatia
7.2-The Case of Iceland
7.3-Comparative Analysis

Chapter 8: Concluding Remarks and Policy Recommendations

Appendix: Maps

Appendix of Second Edition

Chapter 1: Introduction

Chapter 2: Regional Policy: A Combination of Programmes, Institutions and Committees

Chapter 3: Readjustment of 1988: Towards A Revised Management Framework
3.1-First Cycle (CSF) (1989-1993)
3.2-Second Cycle (CSF) (1994-1999)
3.3-Third Cycle (CSF) (2000-2006)
3.4-Fourth Cycle (NSRF) (2007-2013)

Chapter 4: Main Targets of the Regional Policy and Cohesion Policy 2014-2020

Chapter 5: Conclusions

Bibliography of the Appendix

General Bibliography