The study examines the implementation of urban development strategies in Scotland and Veneto and fills an important gap in the knowledge on the capacity-building potential of such strategies. Following a principal-agent approach, the investigation shows that narrow delegation models incentivise compliance, are less conducive to capacity-building and reinforce an administrative capacity paradox. By contributing an original framework for the study of delegation models, a fine-grained understanding of administrative capacity that acknowledges the importance of agency for the success of capacity-building initiatives and policy recommendations for 2021-2027, the research will be of interest to scholars and practitioners alike.

Empowerment via delegation? The administrative capacity-building potential of cohesion policy urban development strategies

Laura Polverari
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Ekaterina Domorenok;Paolo Graziano
2022

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The study examines the implementation of urban development strategies in Scotland and Veneto and fills an important gap in the knowledge on the capacity-building potential of such strategies. Following a principal-agent approach, the investigation shows that narrow delegation models incentivise compliance, are less conducive to capacity-building and reinforce an administrative capacity paradox. By contributing an original framework for the study of delegation models, a fine-grained understanding of administrative capacity that acknowledges the importance of agency for the success of capacity-building initiatives and policy recommendations for 2021-2027, the research will be of interest to scholars and practitioners alike.
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