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The European Structural Funds and sustainable development

Ekins, Paul and Medhurst, James (2006) The European Structural Funds and sustainable development. Evaluation, 12 (4). pp. 474-495. ISSN 1356-3890

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1356389006071294


Sustainable development (SD) is now a broad policy objective in the European Union (EU). This article explores how the contribution to SD of the EU Structural Funds (SFs) might be evaluated. It suggests the use of a ‘four-capitals model’ of SD, and outlines how commonly accepted principles and dimensions of sustainability might be interpreted within such a model. The article then reviews various approaches to SD indicators, concluding that an indicator framework is preferable to the various methods of aggregation of indicators that have been proposed. It then relates the indicator issue to the framework for evaluation of the SFs set out by the European Commission. Out of this discussion an illustrative indicator set for such an evaluation, related to the four-capitals model of SD, is derived. 'Reprinted by permission of Sage Publications Ltd from Ekins, Paul and Medhurst, James, The European Structural Funds and sustainable development, © 2006 SAGE Publications. All rights reserved. Not for commercial use or unauthorized distribution.'

Item Type:Article
Additional Information:Online ISSN 1461-7153
Uncontrolled Keywords:Evaluation, four-capitals model, indicator, structural funds, sustainable development
Research Community:University of Westminster > Policy Studies Institute (PSI)
ID Code:2932
Deposited On:26 Jan 2007
Last Modified:07 Apr 2008 14:29

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