Relating Territorial Cohesion, Solidarity, and Spatial Justice

Jane Holder and Antonia Layard

in Promoting Solidarity in the European Union

Published in print June 2010 | ISBN: 9780199583188
Published online September 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191594502 | DOI:
Relating Territorial Cohesion, Solidarity, and Spatial Justice

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This chapter addresses the various meanings of territorial cohesion. Section 2 tracks the various paths which have led to the ascendancy of territorial cohesion in EU law and policy. Section 3 discusses the nature of its linkage with the concept of solidarity using four policy directions seemingly being pursued (sometimes simultaneously) by those advancing territorial cohesion as a byword for European spatial planning, but also more broadly as an important aim of the EU: (i) cohesion/competitiveness; (ii) solidarity/diversity; (iii) spatializing the European social model; and (iv) sustainable development. It is argued that, as currently conceived in EU policy, the linking of territorial cohesion and solidarity — the joining of social and spatial protection — is capable of masking the ‘bads’ (ecological degradation, loss of community and a sense of place) by a focus on the ‘goods’, as conceived by the EU (prosperity, regional development, global competitiveness).

Keywords: EU; solidarity; territorial cohesion; sustainable development; spatial justice

Chapter.  12203 words. 

Subjects: Constitutional and Administrative Law

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