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Is Europe Good for You?: EU Spending and Well-Being

Lisa Dellmuth


Throughout the history of European integration economic wealth has increased to the benefit of citizens in the European Union (EU). Yet inequalities in well-being persist within and between Europe’s regions, which may undermine the legitimacy of the EU in the eyes of citizens and fuel populist nationalism. This book investigates how the EU can use its regional funding programmes in ways that increase citizen well-being. The book shows that while EU social investments improve labour market performance in rich EU regions, they exacerbate income inequality in poor regions. Based on this insight, ... More

Keywords: European Union, inclusive growth, inequality, labour market, legitimacy, regional funding, social investment, well-being

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9781529217469
Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2022 DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781529217469.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lisa Dellmuth, author
Stockholm University