Subnational Lobbying and Structural Funds: a French-Scottish Comparison
Title: Subnational Lobbying and Structural Funds: a French-Scottish Comparison
Publisher: Frank Cass Co Ltd
Citation: Local Government Studies, 2003, 29, 2, 107-135
This article examines subnational actors' engagement with the European Union's structural funds, and whether these actors are significant in this policy sector It examines this question by comparing one French regional council with one set of Scottish local authorities. It concludes that there are considerable similarities between the subnational actors studied, in spite of differences in their location and the constitutional structure within which they are located. The subnational actors have unilaterally developed a capacity for engaging in the policy sector In both cases, however this engagement is not evidence of a 'by-passing' of the central government. Instead, the subnational authorities have worked alongside central government departments to achieve their goals.
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