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Baltic Journal of European Studies

Tallinn Law School, Department of Law, School of Business and Governance, Tallinn University of Technology

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A Place-Based Approach in EU Regional Development and Its Application in Latvia

Līga Baltiņa
Published Online: 2014-05-17 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/bjes-2014-0003


The EU’s regional development policy is gradually moving from the redaction of regional disparities towards regional development growth. The role and involvement of regional and local authorities in regional development policy is increasing. Global changes and challenges call for a growing need to develop more efficient regional development policy instruments that would result in growth and increased quality> of life. Place-based approach is a strategic approach aimed at the development of territorial resources. The aim of this research is to evaluate the role of place-based approach in regional development, to identify and assess the main elements and opportunities brought by the implementation of such an approach.

Keywords: place-based approach; regional development; territorial cohesion


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About the article

Līga Baltiņa

Līga Baltiņa is a PhD candidate at the University of Latvia in Riga. She has more than ten years of experience in working with EU projects aimed at polycentric development and institutional capacity building. For more than five years she has been a member of the research and expert team at the Centre for European and Transition studies and Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence at the University of Latvia. The focus of her academic interest is place-based approach, on which she has authored several publications. She continues to be an expert at international workshops on regional development matters, territorial cooperation and EU funds management (e.g., cooperation with DATAR in France, EIPAin Spain, IMPACT centre in Croatia) and has been a designated contact person for Latvia’s participation in the IQ-Net International Network on EU Structural Funds and in ESPON programme.

Published Online: 2014-05-17

Published in Print: 2014-06-01

Citation Information: Baltic Journal of European Studies, Volume 4, Issue 1, Pages 34–53, ISSN (Online) 2228-0596, DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/bjes-2014-0003.

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