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EU structural funding in Ireland's capital city: Europeanization and regeneration in Dublin, 1989-2003

Adam Marshall


Fifteen years of European Structural Funding have profoundly impacted the built environment, community-based regeneration programmes and governance norms in Ireland's capital. This article argues that a process of Europeanization catalysed by the Structural Funds has altered the way that local actors approach physical and socio-economic urban regeneration projects. At the same time, however, the article notes that European adaptational pressures have not resulted in large-scale local governance change. After laying out examples of Europeanization in the Dublin conurbation, the article engages in a lesson drawing exercise to determine how Dublin's experience with the Structural Funds can point the way forward for beneficiary city-regions in new EU Member-States.

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