- 2079-4797 (online)
The Territorial Dimension of the European Social Fund
A Local Approach for Local Jobs?
- Cristina Martinez-Fernandez1, Pawel Chorazy2, Tamara Weyman1, Monika Gawron2
- Author Affiliations
- 1: OECD, France
- 2: Ministry of Regional Development, Poland
- 15 Dec 2011
- Bibliographic information
This paper discusses the conceptualisation of territoriality and the different levels of applicability in regional development approaches. The paper draws on OECD and other organisations research and analysis; particularly the work of the OECD Local Economic and Employment Development Programme (LEED). The paper argues that the local level is emerging as the key spatial dimension where EU development instruments apply and therefore a systemic local approach may be needed when designing national and regional cohesion policies and instruments. The paper is divided into 5 sections discussing: 1) The importance of an integrated spatial approach to development; 2) The success of the local approach to development: complexity, integration and the policy mix; 3) Integrating territorial mechanisms for job creation, employability and inclusive growth; 4) Fostering education policies for qualification and skills rich ecosystems; and 5) The way forward.