European innovation policy throuth the European Regional Development Fund. A case study of East-Netherlands

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In this study is analysed how the ERDF (European Regional Development Funding) in East- Netherlands approaches innovation and how this approach is shaped and complemented by European, national and regional policy. This is done by analysing how the targeted intervention approach and the institutional approach are used in the ERDF and adjacent policies. The two approaches are both based on a different argument on how innovation policy makes an impact. By doing this the study contributes to the analysis of European policy and it empirically applies concepts used in theory on innovation and regional economic development. This gives policy makers input for the development of innovation policy and especially for the development of European policy post 2020. For academia this study shows theoretical gaps in the concepts applied and provides suggestions for further research on these concepts. The study concludes that ERDF funding in East-Netherlands is strongly based on the targeted intervention approach. The use of this approach results from the governance structure under which ERDF is implemented. The EU 2020 strategy has been influential in the final shape of the policy, while the national level has a less important role. Innovation policy at the regional level complements the ERDF policy because it is also based on concepts from the targeted intervention approach. The institutional policy implemented at the European and national level has weaker links with the ERDF programme.
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