Seminar on territorial dimension of development policies. Paradigms of regional policies - virtues, limitations, implications


The objective of this paper is to present the main concepts, current state and potential future directions of the debate on the role of territorial dimension of development policies in achieving the broadly defined objectives of economic, social and territorial development in the EU, its Members States and its regions within the context of globalization challenges. The paper starts with presentation of different approaches to development policies focusing, among others, on the question of interplay between concentration and deconcentration of territorial development. Subsequently, it attempts to introduce both the theoretical foundations of the territorial dimension and the attempts at their practical application (by referring, inter alia to the current system of the EU policies and its proposed modifications). It concludes with comments on the instruments (e.g. horizontal cross-sectoral and cross-jurisdictional as well as vertical coordination arrangements).