The origins of this book go back to a workshop titled “European Public Policy for Regional Policy Makers” held at the Staff House of the University of Hull September 15-16, 2000. The workshop was funded by the Intensive Program subsection of the Socrates program and its purpose was to bring together scholars and students to discuss the recent devolution processes in the United Kingdom in a comparative perspective. Several Ph.D. and M.A. students from our partner institutions were invited to take part in this workshop. Alison Woodward, Linze Schaap, Karen Celis, and Wouter-Jan Oosten became important contributors to this volume. I want to thank them for their continuing support.
Eight of the chapters collected in this volume are high-quality versions of papers presented at the workshop at Hull. The chapters by Elisa Roller and Amanda Sloat comparing Scotland and Catalonia and by Susan Hodgett and Elizabeth Meehan on Northern Ireland were included at a later stage and were written specifically for this volume.
I am also grateful for the academic support of Charlie Jeffery, who made the effort to come to Hull during a period when the United Kingdom had to cope with the fuel crisis and was close to a standstill. He not only encouraged the participants to take part in the England Social Research Council (ESRC) Devolution program, of which he is the director, but he also presented an interesting paper at the workshop. Barry Jones, Graham Pearce, Norman O'Neill, Alex Wright, and Charlie
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Publication information: Book title: Regional Institutions and Governance in the European Union. Contributors: Jose M. Magone - Editor. Publisher: Praeger. Place of publication: Westport, CT. Publication year: 2003. Page number: xiii.
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