Thursday, March 23, 2017
Vratislav Havlík and Petra Kuchyňková published an article titled Cities and Regions in Competition? Negotiations for the 2014-2020 Programming Period in the Czech Republic. The study was published inTransylvanian Review of Administrative Sciences.
This text shows that in certain circumstances we can find a competitive relationship between cities and regions, positioning themselves against each other for resources and access to national and supranational fora, especially in the context of the new regionalism. The cities have been given substantial support from the European Commission in recent years and Havlík and Kuchyňková argue that this new constellation may have a remarkable influence on relations and possibly also lead to conflicts among local and regional actors in EU multi-level governance. This was possible to be clearly seen in the Czech Republic(CR) between 2012 and 2014, when heated negotiations took place regarding the implementation of the Integrated Terr itorial Investment(ITI), a financial instrument of EU Cohesion Policy which was implemented on the substate level– i.e., in cities and regions. In the CR this competition took place in a specific context, which also influenced its outcome.