John Bachtler's projects

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The Use of Technical Assistance for Administrative Capacity Building During the 2014-2020 Period

The Use of Technical Assistance for Administrative Capacity Building During the 2014-2020 Period

2018 - 2019

EPRC is coordinating a study for the European Commission aimed at enhancing the understanding of the planned and implemented use of Technical Assistance (TA) under EU Cohesion Policy programmes during the 2014-20 period. Given the important contribution of Technical Assistance to the successful implementation of Cohesion Policy, the study will provide a better understanding of the use of TA and present cases of TA-funded sustainable capacity building activities, particularly in the area of Human Resources Development.

From a policy perspective, the key issues are whether and how TA is being used to strengthen the administrative capacity of Member States for implementing Operational Programmes and projects. The project also seeks to understand whether this Technical Assistance investment is sustainable – whether TA is planned and monitored to ensure the strengthening of administrative capacity beyond the life of an OP.

The project is led by a core team comprising EPRC and Red2Red researchers, and involves also a team of National Experts in the Member States.

The impact of Cohesion policy on EU identification (COHESIFY)

The impact of Cohesion policy on EU identification (COHESIFY)

2016 - 2018

The project involves research on the contribution of Cohesion policy to citizens’ identification with the EU. Funded by Horizon 2020 and involving 10 research institutes and SMEs, the project provides new insights into the European identification of EU citizens and the effectiveness of strategies to communicate EU cohesion policy to citizens.

 

http://www.cohesify.eu/

Territorial strategies supported by EU territorial tools

Territorial strategies supported by EU territorial tools

2016 - 2017

The project involves mapping how integrated territorial approaches are being planned and implemented, gaining insights into progress and challenges. The research encompasses 800 integrated territorial strategies from across the EU, focusing on the factors influencing the way in which territorial strategies are set up and implemented and the effectiveness of the strategies.

Promoting stakeholder engagement and public awareness for a participative governance of the European Bioeconomy (BioSTEP)

Promoting stakeholder engagement and public awareness for a participative governance of the European Bioeconomy (BioSTEP)

2015 - 2017

The project is about promoting stakeholder engagement and public awareness for a participative governance of the European bioeconomy. Funded by Horizon 2020, it BioSTEP aims to engage citizens and various stakeholder groups in discussions about the future development of Europe’s bioeconomy. Its objective is to increase the overall awareness and understanding of the bioeconomy as well as its consequences and benefits by considering citizens' needs and concerns. In order to overcome the current lack of public knowledge on the bioeconomy, BioSTEP makes existing data on bio-based products and processes accessible to the general public and various stakeholder groups. In addition, BioSTEP involves identifying and disseminating best practices on the participatory development of national and regional bioeconomy strategies.

Northern Periphery Programme Preparatory Project - Coordination Mechanism

Northern Periphery Programme Preparatory Project - Coordination Mechanism

2015 - 2015

The project involved research on the development of an Arctic regional collaboration mechanism funded by the Northern Periphery Programme. The aim was to consider the need for improved collaboration across regional economic development programmes in the Arctic and how a collaboration mechanism can be optimally structured and delivered. In doing so, the project will critically assess the potential for synergies, the benefits for stakeholders of improved collaboration and options for systems/platforms for collaboration and knowledge sharing and building.

Review of the role of the EIB Group in EU Cohesion policy

Review of the role of the EIB Group in EU Cohesion policy

2015 - 2015

The project, undertaken for the European Parliament REGI Committee, provided a comprehensive analysis and assessment of how Cohesion Policy objectives have been delivered through measures that involved the EIB Group. Specifically, it focused on: the role of EIB Group in the implementation of Cohesion Policy; the effectiveness of EIB activities in Cohesion Policy; accountability, transparency and visibility of EIB Group activities; relationships between EU institutions and EIB Group; and future expectations of the EIB Group.

John Bachtler's publications

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Reforming the MFF and Cohesion Policy 2021-27: pragmatic drift or paradigmatic shift?

Bachtler J, Mendez C, Wishlade F
2019

European Policy Research Paper, No. 107, European Policies Research Centre, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow

A Time Capsule: Regional Policy Regeneration in Turkey

Hande Tek Turan & Zeynal Gökhan Ersoy
2018

The objective of this paper is to perform a comprehensive analysis of regional policy evaluation in Turkey, while providing insights on transformations in global trends, domestic targets, development policy structures and implementation. The paper firstly considers the Turkish administrative structure and the meaning of ‘region’. This is followed by an examination of regional disparities from an administrative perspective and the transformation of regional development policies in accordance with the legal framework. In the subsequent part, the study scrutinizes the institutional capacity to implement effective regional policy, and finally it analyses reform packages that prescribe newly established institutions such as (regional) development agencies in order to fulfill the requirements of the EU acquis communautaire.

European Policy Research Paper, No. 98, European Policies Research Centre, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow

ISBN: 978-1-909522-28-2

EU Cooperation and Innovation – Delivering Value from our European Partnerships

Irene McMaster, John Bachtler and Linda Stewart
2018

The work, commissioned by Scotland Europa, presents the findings of the Scottish Stakeholder Discussion on the Future of European Collaboration, held on 29 September 2017 in Edinburgh organised by Scotland Europa, the Royal Society of Edinburgh and Scottish Enterprise. The aims of the Conference were to stimulate participation in current EU programmes and wider EU collaboration as ‘investment in the future’, and to gather views to feed into Brexit discussions at Scottish and UK levels. The primary focus was on competitive EU funding programmes, in particular Horizon 2020 and INTERREG, but the debate also included the role of, and synergies, with the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF), and other forms of EU project-based funding.

Regional development is one of the main EU spending priorities through its Cohesion Policy. Brexit is among several influences on the future of the policy, whose evolution is part of a wider reshaping of the principles and practice of regional policy in Europe. A new paper by John Bachtler of EPRC and Iain Begg of LSE in Papers in Regional Science examines the emerging policy challenges for regional development and recent contributions to the regional literature policy. Drawing partly on EPRC research conducted under the EoRPA programme, it highlights innovation, human capital and effective institutions as three crucial dimensions of future policy. The paper argues that a shift in regional policy priorities, governance and territorial focus is underway – partly influenced by place‐based policy thinking ‐ at EU level under Cohesion Policy as well as under national regional policies in the EU27 and 

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COHESIFY: The Impact of EU Cohesion Policy on European Identification. European Policies Research Centre, University of Strathclyde

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Financial Implementation of European Structural and Investment Funds

John Bachtler, Martin Ferry, Fabian Gal
2018

Study for European Parliament, Policy Department on Budgetary Affairs, Brussels

IQ-Net Thematic Paper 42(2), European Policies Research Centre, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow

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Rethinking shared management for Cohesion policy post-2020

Bachtler J, Mendez C and Miller S
2017

European Policy Research Paper, No. 96, European Policies Research Centre, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow

Journal of Common Market Studies, Volume 55, Issue 3, May 2017, pages 569–592

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IQ-Net Thematic Paper 40(2), European Policies Research Centre, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow

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EU Cohesion Policy in Practice: What Does it Achieve?

Bachtler J, Begg I, Charles D and Polverari L
2016

Rowman & Littlefield International

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European Structural and Investment Funds Journal, Volume 4, Issue 3 (2016), pp. 117 - 132

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Evolution or Revolution: Exploring New Ideas for Cohesion Policy 2020+

John Bachtler, Carlos Mendez, Fiona Wishlade
2016

European Policy Research Paper, No. 95, European Policies Research Centre, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow

This paper provides a state-of-the art review of the literature on European identity and on citizens’ attitudes to Cohesion policy. 

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The paper presents the preliminary theoretical and empirical findings from research carried out in Italy and in Poland in the framework of the EIBURS project.

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Handbook on Cohesion Policy in the EU

Simona Piattoni, Laura Polverari (editors)
2016

Simona Piattoni, Laura Polverari, Edward Elgar Publishing, 2016

ISBN1784715670, 9781784715670 - 584 pages

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Case studies of national bioeconomy strategies in Finland and Germany

Davies S, Griestop L, Vironen H, Bachtler J, Dozhdeva V, Michie R
2016

Report submitted for the Horizon 2020-funded BioSTEP project

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Directorate-General for Internal Policies; Policy Department B; Structural and Cohesion Policies, Strasbourg, European Parliament, IP/B/REGI/IC/2015-131

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Review of the Role of the EIB group in European Cohesion policy

Van der Zwet A, Bachtler J, Miller S, Vernon P, Dozhdeva V
2016

Directorate-General for Internal Policies; Policy Department B; Structural and Cohesion Policies, Strasbourg, European Parliament, IP/B/REGI/IC/2015-019

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IQ-Net Thematic Paper 39(3), European Policies Research Centre, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow

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