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Regional and Local Public Policies

Code 12288
Year 1
Semester S2
ECTS Credits 6
Workload OT(15H)/TP(45H)
Scientific area Ciência Política
Entry requirements n.a.
Mode of delivery Face-to-face.
Work placements Not applied.
Learning outcomes This curricular unit aims to work on concepts and instruments for the analysis of public policies directed towards regional and local development and to discuss models of citizen participation in its design, implementation and evaluation. The skills developed should enable the students to assess the importance of regional and local competitiveness of economic policies within the framework of the European Union and globalization; analyse the issues of the ‘territorialization’ of public policies, namely their economic and political foundations; examine and discuss the challenges faced by urban, rural and low-density regions and the role of knowledge and innovation systems for their sustainability; analyse and discuss the effects of Europeanisation on governance systems as well as the participation of the local and regional issues in a multilevel institutional framework.
Syllabus 1. Territorial dynamics of the European Union, trends and relevant issues; 2. Regional and local competitiveness and public policies; theoretical and empirical elements; 3. Competitiveness and spatial planning policies, urban, rural and low density regions; 4. Structural policies and multilevel governance in the European Union; 5. Public policies and territorial development case studies; 6. Incidences of the representative democracy crises at local / regional level; 7. Democratic alternatives of collective organisation in the formulation and implementation of local / regional public policies.
Main Bibliography DETH, J. (et al.), 2007. Citizenship and Involvement in European Democracies. A Comparative Analysis, Abingdon, Routledge; LOPES, Raul, 2001. Competitividade, Inovação e Territórios, Oeiras, Celta Editora.
MARTINEZ-VAZQUEZ; J. and VAILLANCOURT, F., 2008. Public Policy for Regional Development, New York, Routledge; MARTINS, M., s/d. As Autarquias Locais na União Europeia, Porto, Edições Asa; OECD, 2010. Regional Development Policies in OECD Countries, Paris, OECD Publishing; VIEGAS, J. (et al.), 2010. A Qualidade da Democracia em Debate. Deliberação, Representação e Participação Políticas em Portugal e Espanha, Lisboa, Editora Mundos Sociais.
Teaching Methodologies and Assessment Criteria a) Structured transmission of knowledge supported by empirical and practical illustration and reference to case studies.
b) Seminar sessions focused on the discussion of texts previously made available and oriented to the development of analytical, problem-solving and elaboration of critical and adequately reasoned arguments.
c) The participation in the seminar work sessions and the accomplishment of written tests will constitute the evaluation elements of this curricular unit. The weight of each component of the assessment - participation in the seminars and written tests - will be identical.
Language Portuguese. Tutorial support is available in English.
Last updated on: 2022-06-13

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