Implications of territorial cohesion: An essay. Paper prepared for the Regional Studies Association Annual International Conference 2010 'Regional Responses and Global Shifts: Actors, Institutions and Organisations'. Monday 24th - Wednesday 26th


Based on various sources such as the territorial cohesion green paper itself we make a distinction between four so called perspectives. We have used these perspective to to identify the policy implications of territorial cohesion. The outlines of these perspectives are grounded on our basic assumption that place and area specific characteristics and circumstances play a key role. Every perspective implies a different type of territorialisation of either existent or future policies. In our view the perspective we have identified are not mutually exclusive. We even want to add that in making policies more territorial sensitive - the most fundamental implication of territorial cohesion - different perspectives are valid simultaneously.