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Is Europe Good for You?EU Spending and Well-Being$
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Lisa Dellmuth

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9781529217469

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2022

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781529217469.001.0001

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Regional Well-Being, Inclusive Growth and EU Legitimacy

Regional Well-Being, Inclusive Growth and EU Legitimacy

(p.115) Seven Regional Well-Being, Inclusive Growth and EU Legitimacy
Is Europe Good for You?

Lisa Dellmuth

Policy Press

This chapter summarizes the book’s major findings and considers the broader implications of the EU’s mixed performance on well-being for the future of inclusive growth and legitimacy in the EU. In common with all types of political institutions, the EU is more likely to solve problems if it enjoys legitimacy. As previous literature has firmly established, however, the EU’s is being increasingly critically discussed and we are witnessing a nationalistic backlash against European integration, which is particularly rooted in the social groups of those who perceive themselves to be “left behind”. The findings of this book suggest that reforming EU regional spending to buttress regional well-being should be part and parcel of work to counteract adverse spending effects on well-being, and to strengthen citizens’ beliefs in the legitimacy of the EU. The book closes by sketching some avenues for future research.

Keywords:   Backlash, European Union, European spending, legitimacy, inclusive growth, regional policy, well-being

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