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Equalising or Polarising: The Centre–Periphery Model and the Absorption of EU Funds under Regional Operational Programmes in Poland

Wojciech Kisiała (), Artur Bajerski () and Bartosz Stępiński ()
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Wojciech Kisiała: Department of Spatial and Environmental Economics, Poznań University of Economics and Business, Poland
Artur Bajerski: Institute of Socio-Economic Geography and Spatial Management, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Poland
Bartosz Stępiński: Public Profits Ltd. Research and Evaluation Agency, Poznań, Poland

Acta Oeconomica, 2017, vol. 67, issue 3, 413-434

Abstract: This article seeks to assess how the absorption of European the Union funds by the Polish voivodeships reflects two basic types of strategy in their allocation, i.e. the polarising and the equalising model. The analysis embraced 16 regional operational programmes (ROPs) between 2007–2013. The frame of reference adopted in the research was the centre-periphery model. Classes of peripherality were distinguished for each voivodeship, and absorption profiles of EU funds were determined for areas differing in their levels of peripherality. The goal of the article was achieved in a multistage research procedure ending in the construction of a synthetic index of the spatial orientation of support within the ROPs. The analysis demonstrated that the features of the polarising model tended to predominate in intra-regional policy. In most cases, however, the distribution of EU support represented a mixed model, with a shift towards the polarising one.

Keywords: core-periphery concept; regional operational programmes; EU funds; intra-regional policy; Poland (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: O21 P48 R58 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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